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Robots Handle heavy lifting

March 28, 2019.

Handle Robot, Boston Dynamics.

Handle robot. © Boston Dynamics.

Two years ago, Boston Dynamics, now owned by Japanese conglomerate SoftBank, unveiled its impressive Handle, a wheeled two-legged robot. Today, the company published a video showing Handles working in a traditional warehouse: one Handle takes packages weighing 5 kg from shelves and carefully places them on a pallet, while another takes them off a pallet to deposit them on a conveyor belt. The video shows that the Handle has evolved over the last two years: its arms have been replaced with suction devices able to lift boxes of up to 15 kg. The dexterity, speed and balance of the robots are impressive.

TechCrunch, “Boston Dynamics puts its wheeled-robot Handle to work in a warehouse.”