Dec 14, 2013

Google Adds to Its Menagerie of Robots

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SAN FRANCISCO — BigDog, Cheetah, WildCat and Atlas have joined Google’s growing robot menagerie.

Google confirmed on Friday that it had completed the acquisition of Boston Dynamics, an engineering company that has designed mobile research robots for the Pentagon. The company, based in Waltham, Mass., has gained an international reputation for machines that walk with an uncanny sense of balance and even — cheetahlike — run faster than the fastest humans.

It is the eighth robotics company that Google has acquired in the last half-year. Executives at the Internet giant are circumspect about what exactly they plan to do with their robot collection. But Boston Dynamics and its animal kingdom-themed machines bring significant cachet to Google’s robotic efforts, which are being led by Andy Rubin, the Google executive who spearheaded the development of Android, the world’s most widely used smartphone software.

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  1. Thanks for this John, Google acquiring Boston Dynamics (which does TONS of contract work for DARPA) is big news. They seem to be on a mad spree to get their hand in as many emerging technologies they can, with their hiring Kurzweil as Director of Engineering, Calico, Google Glass, Google[X], Solve for X, and all this talk of moonshots. Also, funny that one of the execs responsible for Android might actually be leading the development of real androids in the foreseeable future.