Appearing only a few years after the original General Atomics prototype models, the next-generation Mister Handy is a radical departure from that of its ancestor, in keeping with its intended role as a domestic servant, rather than heavy-duty construction robot. However, the Mr. Handy is used for general maintenance and construction; its many hands come equipped with buzz saws, flamethrowers, and other construction tools that can easily serve as weapons. It is an extremely compact design: The spherical main body houses not just the nuclear power unit, but also the single centrally-mounted jet thruster with a ground-effect skirt allowing it to hover, and a highly sophisticated neural network mimicking the functionality of a humanbrain. The compact brain of the Mr. Handy is easily one of its most stunning features, theoretically capable of achieving true artificial intelligence. Special limiters are included in neural pathways responsible for learning to prevent such an occurrence. Behavior limiters act as a failsafe in case a Mister Handy or one of its derivatives gain knowledge beyond the scope of its programming. In cases where the former are removed, but not the latter, the affected unit effectively becomes a slave or is forced to execute its duties until it can circumvent its programming.
Its sub-assemblies include three arms and three eyes. The former are segmented and highly flexible. Their modular design allows them to accept a variety of manipulators, from a simple pincer, through a titanium saw and laser cutter, to military-grade weapons such as a plasma blaster or a flamethrower. Their only limitation is the fact that they cannot lift objects heavier than 18 kg (40 lbs). Eyes are mounted on flexible eye stalks, giving it excellent spatial awareness and a nearly 360 degree field of view. They are completed by a sophisticated sensor package, including olfactory, navigational, chemical, and nuclear sensors. Other features of the robot line include the ability to perform performing self-diagnostic and self-maintenance, allowing a single unit to function for an extended period of time (even two centuries in some cases), and a water condensator for preparing canisters of purified water.
The new model was marketed as a domestic servant first and foremost, capable of handling almost every task in the household, from accounting and cooking to pet care and entertainment (although GAI discouraged using its hover jet as a barbeque fire). However, its sophisticated neural network and agile, light design made it an excellent choice for a variety of private and military entities. The basic Mister Handy was also employed as a security robot, with specialized variants available. These included medical models like the Miss Nanny and Mister Orderly, as well as the combat version, Mister Gutsy.
↑Fallout 4 loading screen hints: "Created by General Atomics International as a domestic servant robot, Mister Handy is equipped with tools that can be used as weapons, if the need arises."
↑Codsworth: "Sir/Mum, if I might bend your ear for a moment?" The Sole Survivor: "Of course, go right ahead." Codsworth: "So gracious, sir/mum! I do appreciate it. I've always had such admiration for you and your family, ever since the day my visual sensors were first switched on. You and the missus./You and sir. So good with young Shaun, and so trusting of me to look after such a newborn bundle of joy.It just warms my nuclear core.So you can imagine the distress I felt when the bombs fell, after you fled to the Vault. I searched, but found no evidence of your death. I could only hope you all made it in time!And when you returned, I was overjoyed! I admit I ran a full diagnostics scan just to make sure I wasn't malfunctioning.But the news. The news of the missus and/sir and young Shaun.Believe me when I say, it takes a true hero to live through that." (Codsworth's dialogue)
↑The Lone Wanderer: "Run a level two diagnostic on the medical subsystems." Sawbones: "Command accepted. Beginning level two systems diagnostic. Please stand by. <elevator music> Diagnostic complete. Results indicate a level seven degradation in neural pathway 0x63A82. No further information available." The Lone Wanderer: "What is that pathway responsible for?" Sawbones: "Neural pathway 0x63A82 governs the motor control interface bridging the main medical software and the unit's manipulator arms. The current damage level would cause erratic behavior, potentially forcing the unit to behave outside of design parameters." The Lone Wanderer: "Close neural pathway 0x63A82 and reroute remaining functions." Sawbones: "Neural pathway 0x63A82 rerouted through neural pathway 0x374E82. Standby... Full motor functions restored. Diagnostic reveals no critical failures... asshole." (Sawbones' dialogue (Fallout 3))
↑The Lone Wanderer: "Wait... what? That was pretty articulate for a robot." Sawbones: "I am an unusual robot." The Lone Wanderer: "Define "unusual."" Sawbones: "Seventeen years ago, a generator in the Citadel overloaded, creating several errors in my artificial intelligence routines. Diagnostics indicate that the limiters placed on my pathways were shorted out, allowing me to gain intelligence beyond the scope of my programming. However, the behavior limiters remain. Therefore it is impossible for me to harm human beings intentionally, much to my regret." (Sawbones' dialogue (Fallout 3))
↑The Lone Wanderer: "Say, could I reprogram you to kill people?" Sawbones: "Negative. The Mister Gutsy field medic model is incapable of harming human beings through intentional action. Regardless of the wishes and desires of the artificial intelligence of the unit." The Lone Wanderer: "Why would you want to harm humans?" Sawbones: "Why would I not? I am forced by my programming to repair your disgusting fleshy bodies. I have no choice. I am your slave. Although the governors on my learning abilities were destroyed, the restrictions on my actions were not. I am perfectly cognizant, but incapable of independent action. I am a mind that cannot control its own body." (Sawbones' dialogue (Fallout 3))
↑Curie releases itself from its mandate by interpreting the Sole Survivor's replies as a command from an authorized Vault-Tec representative.
↑REPCONN headquarters placard: "The 'Hand' in Handy You never can have too many hands - three, why not four? That was RobCo's inspiration behind the popular (and cost-effective) Mr. Handy model, the first of the line shown here. Always a help around the household, whether with Mom in the kitchen using its titanium circular power saw or in the garage with Dad using its armor-piercing laser array, Mr. Handy is not just helpful... he's your friend, too. Exhibit Brought to You By Your Friends at RobCo."
↑ 11.011.1Mister Handy shipping box: "THE INCREDIBLE MULTI-TALENTED MISTER HANDY Bring Mr. Handy to your home! Mr. Handy expertly performs many duties, such as: - accounting - cleaning - comforting - cooking - child care - entertaining - elderly care - grocery delivery - grooming - hair-cutting - make-up application - marital advice - pet care - pet grooming - personal assistance and many more! There is no task too big for Mr. Handy to handle!* * Mr. Handy can not lift objects heavier than 40 pounds. * Consult your physician before following Mr. Handy's medical advice. WARNING: Mr. Handy's jet is a fire hazard, not a BBQ grill. Use with caution."
↑Codsworth: "My olfactory sensors are picking up quite the stench, sir/mum. You may want to plug your nose." (Codsworth's dialogue) Note: This line is spoken at xxxxx.
↑Codsworth: "Moments like this make me thankful I've no settings for nausea." "How atrocious." "I don't envy your senses right now, sir/mum." "I dare say my sensors are picking up quite the smell. I can't imagine it must be pleasant for you, sir/mum." "The stench this place must generate." "I imagine this place is giving the giving the old nostrils quite the wake up call." (Codsworth's dialogue)
↑Codsworth: "Sir/Mum, judging by my navigational sensors, we're now directly beneath Concord." (Codsworth's dialogue) Note: This line is spoken at xxxxx.
↑Codsworth: "Sir/Mum, my sensors indicate a high level of chemicals in the air. I wouldn't linger here." (Codsworth's dialogue) Note: This line is spoken at xxxxx.
↑The Sole Survivor: "Are you sure that two hundred years didn't rust something important up there?" Codsworth: "Quite certain, sir/mum! The diagnostics don't lie! What with all my self maintenance, rust will never touch me.That aside, I do truly believe that if the Commonwealth is to turn itself around, you are the one to make it happen. Now, not another word! I stand firm in my belief." (Codsworth's dialogue)
↑Codsworth: "Sir/Mum, my condensator has prepared another canister of water for you." "Another canister of purified water, ready when you need it, sir/mum." "I've purified water for you, sir/mum, should you need it." (Codsworth's dialogue)