Boston Dynamics' new robot can jump higher than you can

There's a new robot in town.

For this robot, that means having versatile legs and wheels that allow it to move about in as smooth and simple a manner as possible. Boston Dynamics say that the "Helper Handle" is designed for lifting and that is where its name derived from. Handle is 6.5 feet tall, can jump four feet, and goes as fast as 9mph.

At least that seems to be the idea behind Boston Dynamics' new robot Handle. Its 10 actuated joints also make it a far less complex machine that Boston Dynamics' other creations, allowing it to perform much more free-flowing movements along with handling a flight of stairs easily. The robot is named Handle because it can "handle objects".

"Handle uses numerous 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".

We first got a look at Handle earlier this month when venture capitalist Steve Jurvetson posted a video of the robot captured during a live presentation to investors. While one battery charge only gets you a travel distance of 15 miles, the futuristic worker could eventually get a job moving boxes around a factory floor as unlike its competitors, this guy roams on wheels. Those were the ones that looked and walked with the eerily life-like quality.

  • Arturo Norris