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Boston Dynamics’ latest robot is an adrenaline junkie

by Brandon Russell | March 4, 2017March 4, 2017 6:00 am PDT

Boston Dynamics says its newest robot, Handle, is for “research.” But we really know the 6.5 foot tall hunk of metal, which has a 4 foot vertical, is really the next contestant for the X-Games.

In a new video unveiled this week, Boston Dynamics demonstrates how incredibly agile Handle is, from jumping onto ledges to navigating a crowded factory up to 9 miles per hour. I’ll tell you right now that it’s much better at rollerblading than I am.

Handle uses electric power to operate both electric and hydraulic actuators, according to Boston Dynamics, with a range of about 15 miles on a single charge.

Handle gets radical

A description of the video on YouTube further explains Handle’s intricacies:

Handle uses many of the same dynamics, balance and mobile manipulation principles found in the quadruped and biped robots we build, but only about 10 actuated joints, it is significantly less complex. Wheels are efficient on flat surfaces while legs can go almost anywhere.

Robots are smarter, stronger, and less clumsy than humans. Now, they’re capable of rolling down stairs and jumping onto tables, as if they’re part of some futuristic action sports gang.

Start preparing to merge yourself with machines now, because robots like Handle will likely be running the world before you know it.

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Brandon Russell

Brandon Russell enjoys writing about technology and entertainment. When he's not watching Back to the Future, you can find him on a hike or watching...

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