Boston Dynamics said on Tuesday it’s partnering with Otto Motors to demonstrate the efficiency of robots in a warehouse. The groups demonstrated the “future of warehouse automation” in a video posted to YouTube.
Otto’s autonomous mobile robots are working with Boston Dynamics’ Handle to show how a robot team can be quick and efficient in a warehouse environment. In the video, Handle is seen picking up and stacking boxes onto Otto’s bot, which then carries them across the warehouse.
It may not be that safe for humans to work closely around Handle as it moves around a warehouse, which is where Otto’s mobile robots could come in handy.
“We’ve built a proof of concept demonstration of a heterogeneous fleet of robots building distribution center orders to provide a more flexible warehouse automation solution,” Kevin Blankespoor, Boston Dynamics vice president of product engineering, said in a statement. “To meet the rates that our customers expect, we’re continuing to expand Handle’s capabilities and optimizing its interactions with other robots like the OTTO 1500 for warehouse applications.”