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Google gets even deeper into the robot business with acquisition of Boston Dynamics

Written by Andre Yoskowitz (Google+) @ 15 Dec 2013 13:09 User comments (10)

Google gets even deeper into the robot business with acquisition of Boston Dynamics Google has confirmed its acquisition of robotics engineering maker Boston Dynamics, a company that has designed mobile research robots for the Pentagon.
The company builds robots such as the BigDog, which can stay upright, walk with almost perfect balance over uneven terrain and run faster than humans.

While it is unclear what Google's larger picture is, Boston is the eight robotics company to be purchased by the search giant in the last year. The company's robotics division is led by former Android boss Andy Rubin. Boston Dynamics has not sold the robots commercially, but has worked with the Pentagon, including building a set of humanoid robots named Atlas. Atlas' goal is to be able to operate in the event of natural disasters or man-made catastrophes like the Fukushima power plant meltdown.

Here are a few videos of the company's products:


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10 user comments

115.12.2013 14:39

*cough* Skynet *cough*

215.12.2013 16:15

5 mph is not faster than humans.

315.12.2013 18:14

The Ma-ma-sheep !
The end of human rights [race] is fast approaching (From corporations to terminators) ?
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This message has been edited since its posting. Latest edit was made on 15 Dec 2013 @ 20:11

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416.12.2013 2:33

Originally posted by Ghostdog:
*cough* Skynet *cough*

LOL. I was about to use the same... Joke???

"You know, it seems that quotes on the internet are becoming less and less reliable." -Abraham Lincoln.

516.12.2013 7:12

Quote:
run faster than humans
i wanna see 2 of robots beat usain bolts world record if they can truly run fast than humans.

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617.12.2013 0:45

Originally posted by Ghostdog:
*cough* Skynet *cough*

Or we're gonna have personal home robots like in "IRobot" (Will Smith).

717.12.2013 14:10

I would think they're acquiring these companies for their expertise in detecting their surroundings to help with building Google's self driving car.

1018.12.2013 19:06

Maybe they will invest their not so hard earned cash on our DC motor controllers in the future :D

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