Google’s robotics department just got a lot bigger with the acquisition of military robot-maker Boston Dynamics, the engineering company that made the world’s fastest-running robot.
Rising interest in robotics
Boston Dynamics, best known for its animalistic mobile research machines, is the eighth robotics company purchased by the search engine giant this year.
Both the price and size of the project, which is led by former Android CEO Andy Rubin, are not yet revealed.
Analysts, however, claim that the purchases indicate a growing interest in robotics use by consumer internet companies.
E-commerce site Amazon, for instance, recently announced its plans to launch a drone delivery system.
Boston Dynamics was established in 1992 by a former professor at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
It has not sold robots commercially, but has pushed the limits of mobile and off-road robotics technology mostly for Pentagon clients.
It has been heavily funded by DARPA, and Google said it would honor current military deals with it.