Why Google Bought Boston Dynamics – the Robot-Making Company
Posted: December 16, 2013 by Kate Smith
Google recently purchased Boston Dynamics, an engineering company that contracts for the US military. A troubling question arises though – Why did Google acquire their eighth robotics company this year? One speculation is that Google is looking to implement robotics into the manufacturing industry. Actions such as moving boxes and other heavy objects in warehouses could be heavily automated and Google wants control.
In the course of this year, Boston Dynamics has created some extraordinary four-legged machines that walk, run, or climb through any stretch of land. One of them is Atlas, the most advanced humanoid rescue robot which can walk on bumpy grounds, avoid barriers, and keep its balance. Another cool robot is the WildCat which runs as fast as humans, at a speed of 16 miles per hour. It is also extremely energetic and loud. We recently featured the RHex, the mini off roader, and Petman, the dog walker, on Build For Search.
A very frightening robot that can carry up to 155 kilograms and walk on ice is BigDog. This bot was originally designed to carry soldiers' equipment in terrains too challenging for conventional vehicles. And one of our favorites is the SandFlea, a friendly-looking rolling and jumping robot, which can jump 30 feet in the air.
At this time, the real reason behind Google's acquisition of Boston Dynamics are yet to be disclosed.