Google to takeover robot maker, Boston Dynamics
Internet giant, Google has announced the acquisition of a maker of robots called, Boston Dynamics, which is the latest in a series of acquisitions in the industry.
Google has acquired eight robot companies just this year as part of its strategy to increase its presence in the industry and improve its capabilities. Google is aggressively looking to expand its robotics division with new investments and acquisitions. The latest acquisition will allow the company to integrate, Boston Dynamics, which produces robots for the military.
Boston Dynamics was founded in 1992 by Marc Raibert and it develops four-legged walking robots that are used for various purposes. These robots heavy loads, investigate rugged and potentially dangerous terrains in order to protect lives on front lines of military persons.
The company developed a robot called, BigDog that has the capability of carrying loads of up to 340 pounds over rough terrain and thus can be used in military front lines. The company also developed gasoline-powered Wildcat that is faster and smaller and is capable of running up to 16 mph on a flat surface.
Google had acquired other firms including Holomni, Bot & Dolly, Autofuss, Redwood Robotics, Meka, Industrial Perception, and Schaft this year.