Google Buys DARPA Robotmaker Boston Dynamics
Google, Inc. has purchased Boston Dynamics, the favorite government-contracted builder of robotic technology.
Boston Dynamics is responsible for such robotic prototypes as:
• The WildCat
• The BigDog
• The Cheetah
Andy Rubin has been purchasing robotic firms to begin a push for Google monopolizing the industry.
Rubin has received funding from Sergey Brin, co-founder of Google and Larry Page of the Chocolate Factory to buy up 7 different robotics companies that specialize in robotic dexterity; while ensuring that they have manufacturer’s on-hand to keep parts in supply.
Corporations now owned by Google are:
• Schaft, humanoid robotic tech
• Meka and Redwood Robotics
• Industrial Perception
• Bot & Dolly
• Two design firms, Autofuss and Holomini
Schaft who was part of the DARPA Robotics Challenge; and primarily builds bi-pedal robots designed for humanoid purposes.
Meka and Redwood Robotics is producing robots that will work alongside humans in the future.
Industrial Perception “is a leader in 3D vision-guided robot technology and enables industrial robots to assume challenging logistical tasks such as truck and container unloading, e-commerce fulfillment and package sorting.”
Bot & Dolly describes themselves as a “design and engineering studio that specializes in automation, robotics, and filmmaking. It’s our mission to advance motion control and automation as a creative medium, and build world-class tools.”
They have created an “an integrated software/hardware platform that provides precise and expressive control of 6-axis industrial robots.”