Boston Dynamics, on of the most important companies in the robotic field, has developed a new type of robot. One that combines legs with wheels. Its name is Handle.
This new prototype hasn’t been officially unveiled, but a video of a demonstration has been leaked. It was shown off by company founder Marc Raibert in a presentation to investors. Footage was uploaded to YouTube and then went viral.
Raibert described Handle as an “experiment in combining wheels with legs, with a very dynamic system that is balancing itself all the time and has a lot of knowledge of how to throw its weight around.” He explained that using wheels is more efficient than legs, despite the fact it has problems moving over uneven ground.