TECHNOLOGY: Google Buying “Big Dog” Robot-Maker
Another Google Aquisition
If you still needed an indication that robotics in all its shapes is the wave of the future, here it is: Google has acquired robot-maker Boston Dynamics.
The New York Times has confirmed that the California Internet giant has acquired the Waltham, Massachusetts-based robotics engineering firm for an unspecified amount.
Boston Dynamics has developed for the Defense Department a number of robots with the uncanny ability to walk and run like humans or animals including the cool or creepy – depending on your point of view – “Big Dog,” a prototype for a robotic pack mule that can carry up to 340 pounds – even up and down steep hills and icy, snowy trails.
The idea is take some of the equipment-carrying burden off footsoldiers in the field. Between body armor, electronic gizmos, batteries, weapons and ammo, some soldiers are carrying more than 100 pounds of stuff.
Google has been on a bit of a robotics technology-buying spree lately. Boston Dynamics is the eighth such company Google has acquired.