Google acquires Boston Dynamics, the robotic builder behind Massive Canine and Cheetah

Google acquires Boston Dynamics, the robot builder behind Big Dog and Cheetah

The New York Occasions stories tonight that Google has acquired Boston Dynamics, builder of terrifying strolling robots DARPA-associated tasks like WildCat/Cheetah, Atlas, Petman and Huge Canine. Andy Rubin has moved over from main Android to directing Google’s robotics efforts and tweeted a hyperlink to the story, commenting that “The longer term is wanting superior!” Whereas we’re positive it does — should you all the time thought the T-one thousand was simply misunderstood — reactions from meatbags are starting from barely uneasy to utterly freaking out that an organization with robots that go anyplace is teaming up with an organization that appears to know the whole lot about us.

There isn’t any phrase on how a lot Google spent to snap up the robotics firm, however its founder Marc Raibert is quoted by the Occasions saying “I’m excited by Andy and Google’s capacity to assume very, very huge, with the assets to make it occur.” When we interviewed Raibert throughout Broaden earlier this yr (included after the break) he particularly highlighted his firm’s current progress and the potential for constructing shopper-targeted robots sooner or later.

Google apparently doesn’t plan to proceed as a army contractor itself, though in line with the article, Boston Dynamics will honor its present army contracts. Raibert confirmed the acquisition to us, however to date neither aspect has commented additional or defined how search ties into robots that stroll on two or 4 legs, leap, climb and crawl. So, which one do you assume will arrive first — Amazon’s flying drone supply service or a Google Now robotic that exhibits up at locations it thinks you may be with a backpack filled with belongings you’ve lately looked for?

The longer term is wanting superior!

– Andy Rubin (@Arubin) December 14, 2013

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