Google Buys BigDog Robot Creator Boston Dynamics

Posted: Dec 17 2013, 11:44am CST | by , in Technology News


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Google Buys BigDog Robot Creator Boston Dynamics

Financial terms of the deal are unknown

The Guardian reports that search giant Google has purchased a major robotics firm called Boston Dynamics. Google is on a big push for robotics and has called robots its next moonshot in the past. Boston Dynamics has been working on a large and creepy robot called BigDog that runs on all fours.

The robot rather looks like a decapitated bull with stubby leg bones showing. Boston Dynamics has a history of working with the US military. The terms of the deal are unknown with neither Google nor Boston Dynamic commenting.

A person familiar with the deal did confirm that the sale happened reports The Guardian. Boston Dynamics was founded in 1992 as a spinoff from MIT. The company has worked with the Army, Navy, Marine Corps, and DARPA in the past. Google has offered no detail on how it will use the tech Boston Dynamics owns.

In the past Google had said that, it wanted to develop robots for industrial use. The idea is to automate monotonous jobs that humans currently perform. Boston Dynamics currently has nine robots in its line.

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