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Japanese company acquires Boston Dynamics

Posted on Sunday, 11 June, 2017 | Comment icon 10 comments

Boston Dynamics has changed hands again. Image Credit: YouTube / Boston Dynamics
The Google-owned robotics firm has been purchased by Japanese technology conglomerate Softbank.
Boston Dynamics has become something of a household name in the robotics industry over the last few years thanks to its impressive line-up of eerily life-like creations.

The best known of these, BigDog, is a large, quadrapedal pack mule robot capable of carrying heavy loads across just about any type of terrain.

A bipedal human-like robot known as Atlus has also proven to be quite popular.

Sadly though, the firm has long struggled to find clients to invest in its creations. Even the US Marine Corps, which had been interested in using BigDog during military operations, ultimately turned down a deal with the firm because the robot's loud noise would have given away troop positions.

What new owner Softbank has in store for the future of the company however remains unclear.

Source: The Guardian | Comments (10)

Tags: Boston Dynamics, Robot

Recent comments on this story
Comment icon #1 Posted by seeder on 11 June, 2017, 19:01
Skynet is born
Comment icon #2 Posted by quiXilver on 11 June, 2017, 19:33
if only I'd purchased the stock last week....
Comment icon #3 Posted by Tatetopa on 11 June, 2017, 20:21
It is interesting that Google sold. I wonder why. Maybe hunter killer robots is not their thing.
Comment icon #4 Posted by Timonthy on 12 June, 2017, 1:07
The Japanese sex robot industry is out of control. Save yourselves.
Comment icon #5 Posted by kartikg on 12 June, 2017, 12:52
Comment icon #6 Posted by Rick Turner on 12 June, 2017, 15:52
Very interesting. Will these put people out of work? On a lighter note, wouldn't it be funny if it punched the guy out for pushing it with that hockey stick? LOL.
Comment icon #7 Posted by TripGun on 13 June, 2017, 15:36
Japanese will create large scale robots to battle threats to the worlds protoculture fuel supply.
Comment icon #8 Posted by seeder on 13 June, 2017, 18:22
Japanese out did the US long ago in robotics...they are way far ahead
Comment icon #9 Posted by kobolds on 14 June, 2017, 6:49
the current robotic technology is far from practical useful . it's same as electricity at the beginning and it is tesla that make all become possible . robotic technology need someone like tesla
Comment icon #10 Posted by paperdyer on 14 June, 2017, 19:37
This may be the same deal as when Google sold Motorola. The purchasing company gets the physical assets while Google keeps the patents.

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