Boston Dynamics is known for its freakish four-legged robots, but the robotics manufacturer has outdone itself in its latest endeavor — an experimental wheeled robot that came straight from your nightmares.
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Popular Mechanics: Back at the beginning of February, a leaked video showed the newest creation from Boston Dynamics — a wheeled humanoid robot called “Handle.” Now the secretive maker of amazing robots has released the full introduction video, revealing some of Handle’s brand new tricks. The wheeled bot can travel up to 9 mph, and as you can see in the video, it has no trouble rolling over some light off-road terrain such as patches of grass and flights of stairs. The bot stands 6.5 feet tall when fully extended, though it often crouches to turn or balance. Batteries power the robot’s electric and hydraulic actuators, allowing it to crouch down, make sharp turns, and lift objects that weigh at least 100 pounds. Handle has enough battery juice to travel about 15 miles on one charge. Oh and one more thing, this rolling bot can leap four feet into the air.
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