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Watch this gigantic bird-like robot load boxes onto a conveyor belt

Key Points
  • Boston Dynamics unveiled the original Handle robot two years ago.
  • Google parent Alphabet sold Boston Dynamics to SoftBank.
  • Boston Dynamics robots have previously been used in the DARPA Robotics Challenge.
The new version of Boston Dynamics' Handle robot.
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The latest robot to come out of Boston Dynamics could be pretty handy in a factory.

In a video released on YouTube on Thursday a new version of the group's Handle robots are shown loading different types of boxes onto a pallet that could be used in a shipping container, and lifting boxes off of a pallet and placing them onto a conveyor belt.

Boston Dynamics has also produced other types of robots that can perform tricks like backflips. Boston Dynamics robots were employed by various teams in the DARPA Robotics Challenge in 2015, and were an inspiration for "Metalhead," an episode of the show "Black Mirror." Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos appeared with a Boston Dynamics robot at the company's MARS conference last year.

Boston Dynamics unveiled the original Handle in 2017. Whereas the original had two robotic arms that could grasp objects, the new one can move objects with just one arm.

Google's parent company, Alphabet, sold Boston Dynamics to SoftBank in 2017. Google is still actively working with robots, according to a report that emerged this week.

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