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Google announces a deal with Boston Dynamics

Google makes eight robotic purchases in 2013

Search engine giant Google has announced a deal with the leading provider of human simulation software, Boston Dynamics.

The company that created the world’s fastest running robot, Cheetah, got chosen by Google to be their eight robotics deal of the year. Whereas Boston Dynamics is a well known company that engineer dynamic robots and software for human simulation, to many people’s disappointment; they don’t sell their innovative robots commercially.

As well as creating some of the world’s most famous robots on Earth, Boston Dynamics also holds the contract for the United States military.

Chief Executive Larry Page posted on Google+ this statement:

“I am excited about Andy Rubin’s next project. His last big bet, Android, started off as a crazy idea that ended up putting a supercomputer in hundreds of millions of pockets. It is still very early days for this, but I can’t wait to see the progress.”

This acquisition of Boston Dynamics follows the purchase of Waze earlier this year for $1 billion (£612m).

What does the deal involve?

Nothing too big has yet been revealed regarding the size of the project in hand, or total costs involved. Former boss of Android, Andy Rubin is in charge of what is said by analysts to be a rise in the use of robots by consumer internet companies.

Rubin has previously stated that he wants Google robots or some sort of Google created robotic technology to be made available in future years. With many other companies also believed to be working on similar projects, Google is thought to want this project to be completed as soon as possible.

Boston Dynamics are also honouring a $10.8 million contract with DARPA (Defense Advances Research Projects Agency). Rubin commented: “Competitions like the DARPA Robotics Challenge stretch participants to try to solve problems that matter and we hope to learn from the teams’ insights around disaster relief.”

Natalie Booth, Head of search at theEword has said “With Amazon looking at implementing delivery drones earlier this year this shows that Google may have interests in this field of technology. “Google has always been keen to be as innovative as possible, and it appears as though the next step forward may be coming in the near future”

Written by James Riches

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