Led by Andy Rubin, "the engineer who spearheaded the development of Android," Google is reportedly planning in having "a major role in making robotics happen. Not just robotic cars, but actual robots." To start this process, Google has acquired seven robotics companies. From the article in The New York Times:
Mr. Rubin has secretly acquired an array of robotics and artificial intelligence start-up companies in the United States and Japan.
Among the companies are Schaft, a small team of Japanese roboticists who recently left Tokyo University to develop a humanoid robot, and Industrial Perception, a start-up here that has developed computer vision systems and robot arms for loading and unloading trucks. Also acquired were Meka and Redwood Robotics, makers of humanoid robots and robot arms in San Francisco, and Bot & Dolly, a maker of robotic camera systems that were recently used to create special effects in the movie Gravity. A related firm, Autofuss, which focuses on advertising and design, and Holomni, a small design firm that makes high-tech wheels, were acquired as well.
The seven companies are capable of creating technologies needed to build a mobile, dexterous robot. Mr. Rubin said he was pursuing additional acquisitions.
|Google Is Evil|
|In Vietnam Google is a brand of toilet paper|
|Google Street View Hyperlapse|
|Amusing Google Maps Commercial|
|Google Buys Boston Dynamics #robots|
|“The prospects and future of AI.”|
|“The robot age is nothing to be worried about.”|
|Japanese Robot Serves Ice Cream From Inside a Vending Machine|
|CaptchaTweet: Write Tweets in Captcha Form|
|How to Avoid Jury Duty|
|“Long live the instant gratification economy—and the increasingly sophisticated technology that’s enabling it.”|
|Why, Typewriters Are Alive and Well, Thank you|
|“Rejuvenation is Finally an Industry.”|
|The (Very Scary) People of Public Transit|
|“Robots are key to a new wave of local agriculture.”|
|“Most have no idea who these companies are and how they got their data on them.”|