Google Buys Boston Dynamics, Creator Of Big Dog and other Military Robots

Google announced that they’ve acquired Boston Dynamics, creators of quad- and bi-pedal robots like Big Dog and PETMAN. This is Google’s eighth robotics acquisition.

Andy Rubin, stepped down as head of Google’s Android business in march after turning a little-known mobile OS into a juggernaut.

“His last big bet, Android, started off as a crazy idea that ended up putting a supercomputer in hundreds of millions of pockets,” wrote Larry Page on his Google+ page. “It is still very early days for this, but I can’t wait to see the progress.”

BigDog, Cheetah, WildCat and Atlas have joined Google’s growing robot menagerie.

The deal is also the clearest indication yet that Google is intent on building a new class of autonomous systems that might do anything from warehouse work to package delivery and even elder care.

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