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Boston Dynamics' New Robot is 'Nightmare Inducing'

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Boston Dynamics has released video of its newest robot, which has the ability to pick up and move things around on its own.
The robot, named “Handle,” has two wheels and four legs, and can stand on its own and travel at speeds of up to 9 miles per hour, according to The Guardian.
“Handle uses many of the same dynamics, balance and mobile manipulation principles found in the quadruped and biped robots we build, but with only about 10 actuated joints, it is significantly less complex,” Boston Dynamics said, according to The Guardian.
“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,” the company added.
The new bot, which is capable of lifting and carrying items that weigh over 100 pounds, is a “nightmare-inducing robot,” according to Marc Raibert, the founder of Boston Dynamics – a company that has created robots in the past that also evoke a little fear.
Here at Boston Dynamics we make nightmares come true.
if I can’t get blown up by Elon Musk’s bad spaceship I want the Boston Dynamics robot to knock me unconscious and put me in battery goo
The bot, which is well over 6 feet tall, is battery charged, and is said to be able to travel up to 15 miles on just one charge, Popular Mechanics noted.
Handle has the ability to jump four feet into the air, and has no problem operating in outdoor environments on uneven ground.
A couple of those tough predicaments include operating on hills and in the snow, according to Tech Crunch.
Though there are likely many people who could benefit from having a robot like this moving around their homes or businesses, Boston Dynamics said its latest invention is not for sale. Instead, it’s being treated as a resource for research and future development.

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