Monday, 27 February 2017

'Handle', the amazing Boston Dynamics robot that jumps and maintains balance with only two wheels

It had already leaked earlier this month, but it has not been until today that Boston Dynamics is coming out to announce that it is positioning itself as the most impressive robot they have developed to date. We refer to 'Handle', a robot that uses wheels on the legs, jumps and also maintains the balance.

In that filtered presentation, Handle was part of a video along with the rest of the company's developments , where the goal was to showcase the portfolio of products to a group of investors. That is how we only knew the aspect of Handle and part of what he knows how to do, but nothing more. Today Boston Dynamics shows us in a video with better quality and explains some details of this impressive robot.

"A robot that induces the nightmare"
Unlike the rest of its robots with two or four limbs, Handle stands out for bringing a new design where they stand out a pair of wheels on the legs , with which it is able to rotate on its own axis or closed, lower Stairs or hills, even if they are snowy. But the most impressive is its ability to balance, as it has its own stabilizer that makes each wheel run independently regardless of the terrain conditions.

All these features allow you to jump while you are on the move, overcome obstacles and follow your path without problems. It has a size of 1.98 meters and is capable of jumping up to 1.22 meters . It is best to watch it in action in the next video.

Handle is fully electric and with a full load is able to travel up to 25 kilometers. Its maximum speed is 14.5 km / h and its design gathers the best of the dynamics and balance principles of its biped and quadruped brothers. It is equipped with hydraulic and electric actuators, but unlike the other robots that Boston Dynamics has created, Handle only has 10 joints that give full movement to its extremities.

According to Boston Dynamics, Handle is the easiest to build robot they have developed , this allows their cost to be well below the rest of their robots, but their tasks and operation make it even more efficient for certain environments. However, there are as yet no marketing plans or large-scale production, as Handle, like the rest of its siblings, are so far robots for research and development purposes.

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