Boston Dynamics debuted a new two-wheeled robot called Handle that can jump over obstacles, self-balance and eventually move objects around.

A video that leaked on YouTube shows founder Marc Raibert debuting Handle at a presentation. Raibert also talks about some of the company’s other robots, including SpotMini, but fast forward to the 3:45 mark to watch Handle’s debut.

Raibert shows Handle jump over cones, spin around, and do other impressive stunts. Raibert says Handle is an exercise in building a humanoid that has less degrees of freedom and is less expensive, but one that still has significant capability.

One of the issues with commercializing a robot like Boston Dynamics’ next-gen Atlas robot, for example, is that legged robots aren’t as efficient and they’re quite costly. Handle ditches the articulated feet for wheels to potentially overcome both of the aforementioned drawbacks.

Read more: Boston Dynamics Handle: A 2-Wheeled, “Nightmare-Inducing” Robot – Robotics Trends

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Published by Mike Rawson

Mike Rawson has recently re-awoken a long-standing interest in robots and our automated future. He lives in London with a single android - a temperamental vacuum cleaner - but is looking forward to getting more cyborgs soon.

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