SoftBank unit buys robotics businesses from Alphabet Inc

Japan’s SoftBank Group Corp has said that a unit of the company will buy two firms that build walking robots from Alphabet, which would add to the group’s growing artificial intelligence portfolio.The Japanese company will buy Boston Dynamics and Tokyo-based Schaft, which design and manufacture robots that simulate human movement. It did not disclose the terms of the transactions.

Boston Dynamics Handle Robot Carries 100 Lbs, Conquers Stairs – Robotics Trends

Boston Dynamics has officially unveiled Handle, a research robot that combines the efficiency of wheels with the versatility of legs. We first saw leaked footage of Handle last month, but Boston Dynamics has released new details of the robot and a video that shows some new tricks.

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

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.

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