Imagine the Terminator chasing you…well, Boston Dynamics released a video showing their Handle research robot that stands 6.5 ft tall, travels at 9 mph and can jump 4 feet vertically! Pretty spooky stuff!
From Boston Dynamics –
It 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.
And guess what? Boston Dynamics is a wholly owned subsidiary of Google. Are you surprised?
Featured image of Handle robot jumping by Boston Dynamics