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Boston Dynamics reveals new wheeled robot

By T.K. Randall
February 3, 2017 · Comment icon 19 comments

The new robot looks disconcertingly creepy. Image Credit: Boston Dynamics
Known as Handle, the new robot has been described as 'nightmare-inducing' by founder Marc Raibert.
Famous for its impressive line-up of human and dog-like robots, Boston Dynamics has tried out something a little different this time around with a robot that moves on two wheels.

Revealed during a recent investor presentation that was leaked online, 'Handle' is so-named because it has been designed to carry heavy objects.
Relying on wheels to get around makes it less capable of traversing uneven terrain than some of the firm's other creations, but it is still quite agile nonetheless - as evidenced in the video below which shows Handle zipping across the ground and jumping over obstacles with ease.

"It can carry a reasonably heavy load on a small footprint and it's basically an exercise in seeing if we can do something like the humanoid that has less degrees of freedom but eventually could be less expensive but still have significant capability," said Raibert.

Source: Business Insider | Comments (19)

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Comment icon #10 Posted by Summerin1905 7 years ago
its amazing how technology has changed within the years.
Comment icon #11 Posted by pallidin 7 years ago
THAT is impressive. Hat's-off to all the engineer's of Boston Dynamics... Love all your previous robotic creations as well. Nice job.
Comment icon #12 Posted by Farmer77 7 years ago
Isnt Boston Dynamics the bad guys from Fringe? 
Comment icon #13 Posted by pallidin 7 years ago
It's amazing what Boston Dynamics has done over the years.
Comment icon #14 Posted by pallidin 7 years ago
Comment icon #15 Posted by Parsec 7 years ago
Well, that's why they will start to hunt us down, in order to use us as "batteries".  Thinking about it, that's what we do with our food.    Will they eat or drain us? 
Comment icon #16 Posted by Lucas Cooper Merrin 7 years ago
Johnny 5 is alive
Comment icon #17 Posted by geraldnewfie 7 years ago
I see Terminator coming in near future
Comment icon #18 Posted by Torviking 7 years ago
Puts me in mind of my dog when he is excited.
Comment icon #19 Posted by pallidin 7 years ago

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