“HANDLE” 2019: a Robot for Logistics from Boston Dynamics – new vs old version

The new “Handle” Robot, version 2019, can identify, lift and stack your boxes – onto SKU pallets and vice-versa.

Old Handle Robot carrying a crate. Photo: Boston Dynamics

The old wheeled robot (“Handle” 2017) was skipping and jumping, but also did some lifting. It could travel at 9 mph and jump 4​ ​feet vertically. It had legs and wheels in their tip, because wheels can roll on flat surfaces while legs can go almost anywhere.

Video: old version of “Handle” robot

Now, the Handle robot has been repurposed to be more practical. It now works autonomously to move boxes around inside a warehouse environment.

New Handle Robot placing a box onto a pallet. Photo: Boston Dynamics

The boxes weigh about 11 pounds each, but Handle can lift up to 33 pounds.

“Handle autonomously performs mixed SKU pallet building and depalletizing after 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.”

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Video: new version of Handle robot