Google acquires Boston Dynamics, a leading robotics company

Google logoA few days ago, word got out that Google was building a robotics division. Now, it's already making huge waves in the industry: the New York Times reports that Google has acquired Boston Dynamics, one of the most advanced robotics companies to date. The company will join the new Robotics Division, headed by former Android chief Andy Rubin.

Boston Dynamics has typically done work for DARPA and the Pentagon. The company is mostly known for their noisey, 4-legged robots, with names like BigDog and AlphaDog. The robots can traverse difficult terrain like snow, muddy mountainside, and ice, and they can even stay upright after a surprise kick from a human. BigDog can carry up to 340 lbs and was originally developed for DARPA as a military pack mule. They've since affixed an arm to BigDog which can throw a cinder block up to 17 ft. The company has also worked on faster 4 legged robots, like the Cheetah, which can hit 28.3 mph—a little faster than the fastest human.

Google acquires Boston Dynamics, a leading robotics company

Boston Dynamics has also worked on humanoid robots. Their coolest humanoid is probably Petman, a robot designed to test clothing for the military. While testing clothing may not seem particularly exciting, Petman is interesting because of its walking motion. While many robots, like ASIMO tend to have a timid, awkward walking motion, Petman walks with style, yet still manages to be stable even when pushed. Atlas is particularly impressive: a 2 legged bot that can cross uneven, rocky terrain.

It's unknown how much Google paid for the company, or even what its new robotics division will be building. An earlier report mentioned that Google might start with some kind of warehouse robot, but for now the company is pretty quiet about its plans. If this is the first you've heard of Boston Dynamics, it has a very popular YouTube page. It's a great way to see what the company has been working on.

Source: Ars Technica

Tags: Google, technologies

Comments
Add comment

Your name:
Sign in with:
or
Your comment:


Enter code:

E-mail (not required)
E-mail will not be disclosed to the third party


Last news

 
Apple co-founder Steve Jobs was famously resistant to the idea of including a stylus with the iPhone
 
Is there a way to turn off the iPhone or iPad that doesn't require a button?
 
The introduction of video advertising follows Microsoft's decision to allow LinkedIn users to upload video
 
Quick test proves fast charging isn’t as fast as promised
 
Amazon has tapped Taiwan-based Makalot Industrial Co. to make apparel for its sportswear line
 
Microsoft moves the controls to the Settings app
 
 
With the head of Samsung Group facing prison time, CEO calls for company to "start anew"
The Samsung Galaxy A5 (2017) Review
The evolution of the successful smartphone, now with a waterproof body and USB Type-C
February 7, 2017 /
Samsung Galaxy TabPro S - a tablet with the Windows-keyboard
The first Windows-tablet with the 12-inch display Super AMOLED
June 7, 2016 /
Keyboards for iOS
Ten iOS keyboards review
July 18, 2015 /
Samsung E1200 Mobile Phone Review
A cheap phone with a good screen
March 8, 2015 / 4
Creative Sound Blaster Z sound card review
Good sound for those who are not satisfied with the onboard solution
September 25, 2014 / 2
Samsung Galaxy Gear: Smartwatch at High Price
The first smartwatch from Samsung - almost a smartphone with a small body
December 19, 2013 /
 
 

News Archive

 
 
SuMoTuWeThFrSa
1234567
891011121314
15161718192021
22232425262728
293031    




Poll

Do you use microSD card with your phone?
or leave your own version in comments (4)