Boston Dynamics has done it again, now its robot can do gymnastics while it decimates the human race, remembering through its artificial intelligence that time when a Boston Dynamics employee pushed its obsolete cousin. Meanwhile, robots have also taken over the kitchen.
Boston Dynamics has another robot called “Handle,” which aims to be the replacement for warehouse workers loading pallets as Activist Post previously reported.
Unlike Atlas, Handle isn’t able to do parkour because it lacks legs; it’s equipped with wheels instead.
Handle originates from 2017 and was Dynamics’ first “wheel-legged” robot. Boston Dynamics described the design decision on its website, stating, “Wheels are fast and efficient on flat surfaces while legs can go almost anywhere: by combining wheels and legs, Handle has the best of both worlds.”
There is also a robot named Flippy which isn’t produced by Boston Dynamics. Flippy can flip 150 burgers an hour for $3 and it never goes home. A robotic cook might just be what the doctor ordered due to the ongoing pandemic.
As a result, Miso can offer Flippys to fast-food restaurant owners for an estimated $2,000 per month on a subscription basis, breaking down to about $3 per hour. (The actual cost will depend on customers’ specific needs). A human doing the same job costs $4,000 to $10,000 or more a month, depending on a restaurant’s hours and the local minimum wage. And robots never call in sick.
According to Digital Trends, Flippy is a “burger-flipping robot arm that’s equipped with both thermal and regular vision, which grills burgers to order while also advising human collaborators in the kitchen when they need to add cheese or prep buns for serving.”
When Miso Robotics set out to create their first units, off-the-shelf robotic arms sold for upwards of $100,000. Today, they’re going for about $10,000 and are only getting cheaper, according to the LA Times.
In 2017, international chain CaliBurger was the first to install Flippy with success.