Boston Dynamics' Latest, A Giant Bird Inspired Box-Carrying Robot

March 29, 2019

This is a video from Boston Dynamics of Handle, a "mobile manipulation robot designed for logistics." Some more info while I imagine it's a giant drinking bird desktop toy HELLBENT ON MURDER *begins writing b-movie screenplay*:

Handle autonomously performs mixed SKU pallet building and depalletizing after initialization and localizing against the pallets. The on-board vision system on Handle tracks the marked pallets for navigation and finds individual boxes for grasping and placing.

When Handle places a boxes onto a pallet, it uses force control to nestle each box up against its neighbors. The boxes used in the video weigh about 5 Kg (11 lbs), but the robot is designed to handle boxes up to (15 Kg) (33 lb). This version of Handle works with pallets that are 1.2 m deep and 1.7 m tall (48 inches deep and 68 inches tall).

But are my Amazon packages gonna get here any faster? Because when I order something I want it NOW. Remember back in the day when you needed something you actually drove to a physical store and bought it? Of course we also lived in caves and hadn't invented the wheel yet. *daydreaming about the first time I rode a sabertooth tiger into battle* Those were simpler times.

Keep going for the video.

Thanks to Christina D, Alex and hairless, who agrees hardworking ostriches are gonna be pissed robots are taking their jobs.

  • davegrille

    Theses are better robots than DARPA's

  • The_Wretched

    How well does it convert to military use?

  • Douchy McDouche

    So many Amazon employees thinking "uh-oh" right now.

  • lushkneebumbuild

    eh, they were already being replaced with illegal immigrant pseudoslaves anyway

    (when american politicians say "we need them" it's for slavery, like what they did to samoa. it's only european pandas who need the population because their natives refuse to breed for some reason. (interesting how it's the dems that support it then isn't it))

  • GeneralDisorder

    I kinda feel like there are no jobs that are safe from automation within the foreseeable future. The less intellectual the job the more likely it'll be made obsolete soon. And things like say... pharmacists... Robotic pharmacists just need access to your medical history and a list of prescriptions you're already on and it'll be drastically less likely to get you dead than the average moron with a 4 year degree who can't possibly keep track of all the known-bad drug interactions.

  • Tigerh8r

    Bird my arse, I know a velociraptor when I see one!

  • bertkrawl

    Nice to know Sweet Dee is getting work when she's not at Paddy's Pub

  • Roark

    I want to see the robot put in Twerk Mode

  • GeneralDisorder


  • Geekologie

    you what now?

  • lushkneebumbuild
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