Google has acquired Boston Dynamics, a reputed robotic engineering company.
Boston Dynamics based in Waltham, Massachusetts is a well known company in the field of advanced robotics and has even designed mobile research robots for the Pentagon. The company has gained worldwide reputation for making machines “that walk with an uncanny sense of balance and even — cheetahlike — run faster than the fastest humans”, reported New York Times.
In the past six months we have seen Google acquiring close to eight robotics companies. Other acquisitions range from software for advances robot arms, grasping technology and computer vision. Although we are not sure what Google intends to do with the mass acquisitions of robotics companies, some industry experts believe that Google is working on building autonomous systems for use in various industries.
In a statement given to Computerworld, Ezra Gottheil, an analyst for Technology Business Research, said,
I can usually figure some connection between Google’s main business and their wilder acquisitions and projects, but this one is hard to figure. The only thing I can figure is that they like to buy very smart people and very smart technologies. Certainly, there’s a potential integration with the automobile stuff, but I still don’t have a clue.
“Well, much of what Google does is experiment with stuff and that’s what makes them Google,” noted Zeus Kerravala, an analyst with ZK Research. “With Boston Dynamics, they get a bunch of robots in different shapes and sizes. And Google is just a company that’s really out there and has deep pockets.”
Boston Dynamics has a reputation for creating agile machines that can walk on difficult terrains, can handle ice and snow and climb hills. The video of BigDog, one of the company’s four-legged creations has received around 15 million hits.
Boston Dynamics co-founder Marc Raibert said, “We are looking forward to this next chapter in robotics and in what we can accomplish as part of the Google team.”
Andy Rubin who spearheaded the development of Android- the most widely used smartphone OS is heading the robotic unit of Google. “I am excited by Andy and Google’s ability to think very, very big,” said Dr. Raibert, father of walking robots in the United States.
This piece of news does sound exciting. We wonder what Google has in store for us. Do write to us with your views in the comments section provided below.