Google deal adds to company's robotics toolbox
December 16, 2013 04:20 PM | 137 views | 0 0 comments | 3 3 recommendations | email to a friend | print
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Google may build robots that resemble props in science-fiction movies as the ambitious Internet company expands into yet another technological frontier.

To gather the expertise and research it needs, Google has purchased eight companies that specialize in robotics this year.

Google Inc. completed its latest deal late last week with the acquisition of Boston Dynamics, a military contractor that has raised intrigue by releasing videos of a four-legged robot called "Cheetah," which is capable of galloping past Olympian sprinters. Another video shows a jumping contraption called "Sand Flea" that can leap onto tall buildings.

The acquisitions are being assembled into Google's new robotics division run by Andy Rubin, who oversaw Google's creation of the Android software that has emerged as the world's leading mobile operating system.



Copyright 2013 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

Comments
(0)
Comments-icon Post a Comment
No Comments Yet
*We welcome your comments on the stories and issues of the day and seek to provide a forum for the community to voice opinions. All comments are subject to moderator approval before being made visible on the website but are not edited. The use of profanity, obscene and vulgar language, hate speech, and racial slurs is strictly prohibited. Advertisements, promotions, spam, and links to outside websites will also be rejected. Please read our terms of service for full guides