Google Has A New Robot For 2017 And It’s More Terrifying Than The Rest
Boston Dynamics, the robot company Google’s parent company Alphabet has been trying to unload for some time now because of bad PR, has unveiled a new robot, the Handle. Yes, it’s even more terrifying than all the scary robots they’ve created in the past. For some reason, they are adding wheels to everything now.
Handle is a research robot that stands 6.5 ft tall, travels at 9 mph and jumps 4 feet vertically. It uses electric power to operate both electric and hydraulic actuators, with a range of about 15 miles on one battery charge. Handle uses many of the same dynamics, balance and mobile manipulation principles? found in the quadruped and biped robots we build, but with only about 10 actuated joints, it is significantly less complex. Wheels are efficient on flat surfaces while legs can go almost anywhere: by combining wheels and legs Handle can have the best of both worlds.
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