By this point, we should all be familiar with Boston Dynamics and their growing army of terrifying, ambulatory robots. Equipped with pogo stick-like legs, these residents of the Uncanny Valley have proven their ability to navigate the great outdoors, handle packages, and open doors with Velociraptor-like dexterity. Now, the Massachusetts-based robot company is giving the world its first look at Boston Dynamics's latest robotic creation...one that the company's own founder describes as "nightmare-inducing."
The goal of the new robot, according to Raibert, was to combine wheels and legs—well, arms, really—in order to see how well such a machine could work. Such a robot, he said, could be less expensive than building machines that stroll about on limbs.
Oh, and the name Handle? Raibert says it comes from the machine's ultimate intended use of "handling" objects. Which totally makes more sense than the idea that it was made to "handle" humankind with extreme prejudice.