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article imageGoogle acquires military robot maker Boston Dynamics

By Layne Weiss     Dec 17, 2013 in Technology
Google has acquired Boston Dynamics, the robotics and engineering company that developed the Cheetah, the world's fastest robot.
Boston Dynamics is Google's eighth robot-related acquisition to date, Extreme Tech reports. The company now has robot experts in California and Japan.
The project is being spearheaded by former Android boss Andy Rubin.
According to BBC News, both the size and price of the project are a secret.
Analysts, however, are saying Google's purchases signify a rising interest in robotics use by internet companies.
"Google is seriously — and rather suddenly — interested in robots," Extreme Tech notes. "What isn't clear, though, is why."
In a statement posted on Google Plus, Google CEO and co-founder Larry Page said:
"I am excited about Andy Rubin's next project. His last big bet, Android, started off as a crazy idea that ended up putting a supercomputer in hundreds of millions of pockets. It is still very early days for this, but I can't wait to see the progress."
Google isn't the only consumer internet company to have this interest. Amazon recently announced plans to test drones to deliver goods to customers.
Boston Dynamics does not sell robots commercially. It was founded in 1992 by a former professor at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
It has consulted for Sony on the robotic dog Aibo, but it mostly develops "mobile and off-road robotic technology" funded by DARPA, the Pentagons' Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency.
Google has promised to honor Boston Dynamics' existing contracts with DARPA.
Videos of Boston Dynamics' robots have garnered millions of views.
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