If you thought pizza delivery by robot was still a long way off, a new robot called Handle, created by Google owned Boston Dynamics has been unveiled this week, and would make the perfect pizza delivery robot.
At the current time though the Handle robot is currently being used for research and stands 6.5 ft tall, is capable of travelling at a top speed of 9 mph on its two wheels, and can jump 4 feet vertically when required.
Allowing it to manoeuvre and navigate a wide variety of different obstacles as you can see in the video below. Unfortunately Boston Dynamics as unrevealed as yet when you will be able to receive pizzas delivered by the Handle Robot, but I’m sure it will still be a few years yet.
Handle Boston Dynamics uses electric power to operate both electric and hydraulic actuators, with a range of about 15 miles on one battery charge. Handle uses many of the same dynamics, balance and mobile manipulation principles found in the quadruped and biped robots we build, but with only about 10 actuated joints, it is significantly less complex. Wheels are efficient on flat surfaces while legs can go almost anywhere: by combining wheels and legs Handle can have the best of both worlds.