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's War on the Homeless|
|The End of Doodling|
|Google trick tracks extinctions...|
|GåågleBot: The Home Crawler|
|“A novel experiment by a government to work with journalists and educators to combat the spread of online misinformation.”|
|“The race is on to create lab-grown meat products.”|
|CaptchaTweet: Write Tweets in Captcha Form|
|“Google Owns 28% of Your Brain.”|
|The (Very Scary) People of Public Transit|
|“We’ve received requests to add some artificial noise to the buses so that people can hear them.”|
|How to Avoid Jury Duty|
|“Initial riders may be more comfortable getting into a car with a human in the driver seat.”|
|“Both spacecraft are still operational when they reached interstellar space.”|
|“When Life Gives You Lemons.”|
|Bird Shit Advertising|