what’s up, Handle?

Handle

Handle is a research robot that stands 6.5 ft tall (about 2 meters), travels at 9 mph (about 14.5 kmh) and jumps 4​ ​feet vertically (about 1.2 m). ​It uses electric power to operate both electric and hydraulic actuators, with a range of about 15 miles (about 24 km) on one battery charge. ​​​Handle uses many of the same dynamics, balance and mobile manipulation principles​ found in the quadruped and biped robots built by Boston Dynamics, but with only about 10 actuated joints, it is significantly less complex. Wheels are efficient on flat surfaces while legs can go almost anywhere: by combining wheels and legs Handle can have the best of both worlds.

SpotMini, nice to meet you

SpotMini is a new smaller version of the Spot robot, weighing 55 lbs dripping wet (65 lbs if you include its arm). SpotMini is all-electric (no hydraulics) and runs for about 90 minutes on a charge, depending on what it is doing.

SpotMini is one of the quietest robots that Boston Dynamics have ever built. It has a variety of sensors, including depth cameras, a solid state gyro (IMU) and proprioception sensors in the limbs. These sensors help with navigation and mobile manipulation. SpotMini performs some tasks autonomously, but often uses a human for high-level guidance. For more information about SpotMini, visit www.BostonDynamics.com