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New research robot can jump 4ft in the air

01 March 2017

Boston Dynamics introduces Handle, a new research robot with legs and wheels that stands 6.5ft tall, travels at 9mph and jumps 4ft vertically.

Handle (Credit: Boston Dynamics/YouTube)

Handle uses electric power to operate both electric and hydraulic actuators, with a range of about 15 miles on one battery charge. 

It uses some of the same dynamics, balance and mobile manipulation principles found in Boston Dynamics quadruped and biped robots. Yet it only has about ten actuated joints and is significantly less complex.

The wheels are efficient on flat surfaces while its legs can go almost anywhere. By combining wheels and legs, Boston Dynamics feels its Handle robot has the best of both worlds.

Watch Boston Dynamics YouTube video to see the Handle in action. Seeing it in action, there is something slightly creepy in its movements…

Video courtesy of Boston Dynamics.

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