In early 2017, Boston Dynamics introducedthe first version of the robot Handle, which is very different from other humanoid companies. At the demo video, it was obvious that, unlike the Atlas and SpotMini models, it is equipped with wheels and seems to be moving backwards, but at the same time it can perform various tricks. In two years, many have already forgotten about this robot, but the company recalled it by releasing a video with its new version. The updated Handle is built completely differently and learned how to do useful work.
A new video demonstrates the work of two at once.robots handle. One of them lifts and drags boxes from one pallet to another, neatly folding them in rows of three. At the same time, the second robot takes the boxes from another pallet and transports them to the conveyor. Probably, the company wants to say that sometime in the future, these robots will be able to work in warehouses and, for example, prepare goods for shipment to customers.
Boston Dynamics assures that the new version of Handlecapable of lifting loads weighing up to 13-14 kilograms, but in fact the boxes on the video weigh no more than 5 kilograms. It is noteworthy that the retention mechanism is not used, and the pump. Items can be stacked in heaps of about a meter height. For the recognition of boxes and their proper placement using a video surveillance system.
Looking at all these skills it seems that the new robotBoston Dynamics is quite capable of playing giant jenga. By the way, it already knows how to play a robot from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, but all this happens on a much smaller scale.
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