// IP Marketing video - START// IP Marketing video - END

Google buys robotics engineering company Boston Dynamics (video)

Google buys robotics engineering company Boston Dynamics

PanARMENIAN.Net - Google has acquired robotics engineering company Boston Dynamics, best known for its line of quadrupeds with funny gaits and often mind-blowing capabilities, according to The Verge.

Products that the firm has demonstrated in recent years include BigDog, a motorized robot that can handle ice and snow, the 29 mile-per-hour Cheetah, and an eerily convincing humanoid known as PETMAN. News of the deal was reported on Friday, Dec 13, by The New York Times, which says that the Massachusetts-based company's role in future Google projects is currently unclear.

Specific details about the price and terms of the deal are currently unknown, though Google told the NYT that existing contracts — including a $10.8 million contract inked earlier this year with the U.S. Defense Agency Research Projects Agency (DARPA) — would be honored. Despite the DARPA deal, Google says it doesn't plan to become a military contractor "on its own," according to the NYT.

Boston Dynamics began as a spinoff from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 1992, and quickly started working on projects for the military. Besides BigDog, that includes Cheetah, an animal-like robot developed to run at high speeds, which was followed up by a more versatile model called WildCat. It's also worked on Atlas, a humanoid robot designed to work outdoors.

In a tweet, Google's Andy Rubin — who formerly ran Google's Android division — said the "future is looking awesome."

Rubin earlier this month told NYT that his next big project at Google was to pursue a lifelong love of real robots, something that will be separate from the company's secretive Google X lab best known for "moonshot" projects like balloon-powered internet and self-driving cars. In the meantime, Google's quietly picked up seven different robot companies and hired robotics experts, placing teams in Palo Alto and Japan.

The video shows one of Boston Dynamics' latest robots, WildCat, which debuted earlier this year.

Related links:
 Top stories
Facebook confirmed that this is an official effort, though it did not answer questions about how it works, how the data is used and retained.
It was not immediately clear whether Amazon will expand this model with more physical stores or offer the technology to other retailers.
The researchers found that iPhone users are also more likely to see their phone as a status symbol than Android users.
Suppliers say they have been asked to submit prototype screens with better resolution than ones from Samsung to differentiate its models.
Partner news