Boston Dynamics’ Handle is basically a robot that combines the rough-terrain capability of legs with the efficiency of wheels. Featuring 10 actuated joints, while its wheels are fast and efficient on flat surfaces and the legs can go almost anywhere. It’s been modified to autonomously perform mixed SKU pallet building and de-palletizing after initialization and localizing against the pallets. Handle’s on-board vision system tracks the marked pallets for navigation and finds individual boxes for grasping and placing. Read more for another video and additional information.
“Handle can pick up heavy loads while occupying a small footprint, allowing it to maneuver in tight spaces. All of Handle’s joints are coordinated to deliver high-performance mobile manipulation. When Handle places a boxes onto a pallet, it uses force control to nestle each box up against its neighbors,” said the company.