Boston Dynamics has developed an exciting new robot named Handle. As an article on ElectronicsWeekly.com describes it as “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”
The robot can run at 9 miles per hours and stands at 6.5 feet.
Boston Dynamics, who has produced some of the most advanced robots in the world, deserves a huge applause for creating Handle.
These robots, with incredible mobility, agility and speed, are the future in alleviating physical weight on troops in our military. These robots can handle the same strain as a military squad can. Today’s war fighter can carry more than 100 pounds of gear resulting in physical strain, fatigue and possible poor for performance. While the Army has identified physical overburden as one of its top five science and technology challenges these robots become a major point of research and development and relief of such obstacles.
Check out the Electronics Weekly article at http://www.electronicsweekly.com/blogs/gadget-master/robot/getting-handle-latest-boston-dynamics-robot-2017-03/