Boston Dynamics puts its wheeled robot Handle to work in a warehouse

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Since then the bipedal wheeled robot has taken a backseat to the rest of the companys offering. According to the company Handle autonomously performs mixed SKU pallet building and depalletizing after initialization and localizing against the pallets. Still theres something to be said for a fast moving robot capable of actually picking products off of shelves. According to Boston Dynamics including tracking the marked pallets for navigation and seeking out the individual boxes for grasping and placing. Handle is a robot that combines the rough terrain capability of legs with the efficiency of wheels describing the robot. As Boston Dynamics moves toward commercializing its creations for the first time this could turn out to be a lot closer than you might think. In this one larger Handle units work autonomously to move boxes around inside a a warehouse environment. According to the company but the robots can handle up to 33 pounds. Whether or not theyre truly suited to this work is hard to tell operating in a real world environment with potential obstacles could be more complicated. Still the quick sure movement is a reminder that the robot apocalypse is rapidly approaching

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