Boston Dynamics' Awesome New Robot 'Handle' Looks Like a Rolling Supersoldier

Wednesday, 01 March 2017 - 3:10PM
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Wednesday, 01 March 2017 - 3:10PM
Boston Dynamics' Awesome New Robot 'Handle' Looks Like a Rolling Supersoldier
Robots are slowly getting better at mimicking the human body and its movements, including grasping fingers, but the goal has always been for robots to go beyond the limits of humanity and start becoming superhuman. Now, the engineers and researchers at Boston Dynamics have unveiled their latest creation, which does just that.

Called "Handle", the robot is able to make pinpoint turns and navigate flat surfaces, downhill slopes and stairs (which defeated even ED-209 in Robocop). Even more impressive, it's able to leap four feet in the air as it zooms along on its twin wheel-feet. Check it out:



The idea for Handle apparently came about after the DARPA 2015 robotics competition where a South Korean robot won overall because it was able to combine standard bipedal movements with the ability to crouch down and use wheels to navigate, too. Handle looks a bit like Boston Dynamics' other project, BigDog, but with a lot more cybernetic enhancements—its speed and maneuverability let it cruise around seemingly effortlessly, so much so that it's a little unnerving to watch. Still, it's an incredibly cool moment for robotics—we've finally conquered stairs.
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