Boston Dynamics Package Handling Robot

This is how humans will be replaced in many warehousing and shipping jobs. They don’t need health insurance, they don’t complaint, and they don’t need a vacation. Handle is a mobile manipulation robot designed for logistics. Handle autonomously performs mixed SKU pallet building and depalletizing after initialization and 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. When Handle places boxes onto a pallet, it uses force control to nestle each box up against its neighbors. The boxes used in the video weigh about 5 Kg (11 lbs.), but the robot is designed to handle boxes up to (15 Kg) (33 lb.). This version of Handle works with pallets that are 1.2 m deep and 1.7 m tall (48 inches deep and 68 inches tall).