Tuesday, January 14, 2014

Google Purchases Boston Dynamics and Nest

  Google, one of the world leaders in technological advancement, has purchased two major autonomous manufacturing companies. On December 14Google purchased Boston Dynamics, a leading military robotics manufacturer, which has developed the humanoid Atlas robot and the quadruped Big Dog. Boston Dynamics developed these robots for the US military with funding from Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA). On Tuesday Google purchased Nest, for $3.2 billion cash. These are not the first robotics companies Google has snatched up, just the most recent. Since October 2013, Google has acquired eight companies that mainly focus is robotics.
  These companies have become part of Google [x], a secret facility run by Google co-founder Sergey Brin. The work of the secret facility, purportedly has a list of 100 projects such as self-driving cars, Internet services via balloons in the stratosphere, augmented reality glasses and neural networking. Google unveiled its self-driving cars and has implemented them as part of their world mapping program. Google Glass has become the subject of controversy with some states taking a preemptive strike against them.
  The company has not been secretive about their internet providing service, Project Loon. In the past, when Google purchased a company it did not take them long to unveil a product that featured the original company's main focus. So what does it mean that Google has purchased eight plus robotics companies in less than six months? Will they unveil a humanoid for the home?
  Speculation assumes that Google's purchase of the autonomous based companies will lead to superior sensor technologies. The initial plans are not for the consumer market, but rather the plan targets are manufacturing companies that will implement automation. These products should see the light of day in about three to five years.


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