Feeds

Is Google prepping an ARMY of WALKING ROBOTS?

Boston Dynamics, maker of Cheetah and WildCat bots, joins the Chocolate Factory

New hybrid storage solutions

Google has snapped up military robotics firm Boston Dynamics, famed for its animalistic creations including WildCat and Cheetah.

Boston Dynamics info video

In the last few years, the MIT-spinoff has developed a robot that can walk on ice and snow called BigDog, another four-legged machine capable of running at 29mph and known as the Cheetah, and a petrol-powered quadruped called WildCat (see video) that can run on different types of difficult terrain.

It's also had a hand in creating humanoid robots like the Atlas, which is the subject of the Robotics Challenge issued by government research agency DARPA, calling on different bodies to get the bot working fully for deployment in disaster scenarios, with a $2m prize pot.

Naturally, specific details about the deal like the price paid or the terms of the offer, are being kept firmly under wraps – although Google did tell the New York Times, which broke the news, that Boston Dynamics' current contracts, such as the one with DARPA, would be honoured.

The company is the eighth robotics firm the Chocolate Factory has taken into the fold this year, but it hasn't exactly been forthcoming about what it's planning to do with all that bot-expertise. The only hint about the Boston Dynamics deal came from Andy Rubin, who tweeted "The future is looking awesome!" along with a link to the NYT story on the acquisition.

Rubin, who used to run the Android division at Mountain View, revealed earlier this month that he was heading up Google's push into the robotics sector. ®

The next step in data security

More from The Register

next story
Phones 4u slips into administration after EE cuts ties with Brit mobe retailer
More than 5,500 jobs could be axed if rescue mission fails
JINGS! Microsoft Bing called Scots indyref RIGHT!
Redmond sporran metrics get one in the ten ring
Driving with an Apple Watch could land you with a £100 FINE
Bad news for tech-addicted fanbois behind the wheel
Murdoch to Europe: Inflict MORE PAIN on Google, please
'Platform for piracy' must be punished, or it'll kill us in FIVE YEARS
Phones 4u website DIES as wounded mobe retailer struggles to stay above water
Founder blames 'ruthless network partners' for implosion
Found inside ISIS terror chap's laptop: CELINE DION tunes
REPORT: Stash of terrorist material found in Syria Dell box
Sony says year's losses will be FOUR TIMES DEEPER than thought
Losses of more than $2 BILLION loom over troubled Japanese corp
prev story

Whitepapers

Providing a secure and efficient Helpdesk
A single remote control platform for user support is be key to providing an efficient helpdesk. Retain full control over the way in which screen and keystroke data is transmitted.
WIN a very cool portable ZX Spectrum
Win a one-off portable Spectrum built by legendary hardware hacker Ben Heck
Saudi Petroleum chooses Tegile storage solution
A storage solution that addresses company growth and performance for business-critical applications of caseware archive and search along with other key operational systems.
Protecting users from Firesheep and other Sidejacking attacks with SSL
Discussing the vulnerabilities inherent in Wi-Fi networks, and how using TLS/SSL for your entire site will assure security.
Security for virtualized datacentres
Legacy security solutions are inefficient due to the architectural differences between physical and virtual environments.