Ever given any thought to how robots are going to look like in the future? Probably most of your will say that future intelligent robots will look just like us. However, as things are shaping up, we are faced with the possibility of robots could take an entirely new face. A new type of machine produced by Boston Dynamics called Handle looks exactly like something coming out of a nightmare involving killer robots.
Codename Handle, Boston Dynamics’ latest achievement represents the future of heavy-lifting industry. Handle was created in order to be a beast of burden – it’s bulky, sturdy, and has the looks of a decapitated antelope.
However, despite its frightening aspect, Handle’s designers declared that the robot is actually very friendly, quiet, and obedient – probably some of the traits sought by most company owners when looking for warehouse workers.
In a recent press statement, Boston Dynamics declared that the company is currently searching for a new way to build stronger and more flexible heavy-lifting robots. As you know, Boston Dynamics is the creator of Atlas, the bipedal automaton who gained the sympathy of the Internet after its makers uploaded videos of the robot being shoved, pushed, and even hit with baseball bats in the name of science.
Of course, Atlas is a feat of engineering, meaning that the team invested a lot of time and money in its construction. Having an Atlas nearby to assist with the more pressing task is desirable, but having an army of Atlas’s at your beck and call is simply not feasible financially speaking.
This is where Handle comes in. During their search for a way to construct a cheaper, resilient, and flexible robot capable of working in warehouse conditions, Boston Dynamics turned toward DARPA’s Legged Squad Support System – the four-legged fiend that resembles a horse without a head.
Inspired by DARPA’s unique approach, Boston Dynamics created Handle, the material-handling robot. According to its makers, Handle has the same lifting capacities as Atlas, but not the same freedom of movement.
However, the robot can run, jump, and even twist, thanks to the wheels placed on its legs. So, what does this tells us about the future of robotics? If the Handle experiment is a success, then we should be seeing more and more robot handles working in warehouses, and that’s not exactly a bad thing, considering the risks of injury associated with this profession.
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