Alphabet could sell robot-maker Boston Dynamics

IDG News Service | Mar 17, 2016

Boston Dynamics, a advanced robot start-up that was purchased by Google just over two years ago, is up for sale according to Bloomberg.

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Boston Dynamics, a advanced robot start-up that was purchased by Google just over two years ago, is up for sale according to Bloomberg.

It says Google holding company Alphabet has concluded the robotics company isn’t likely to have a commercial robot anytime soon.

The news comes just a couple of months after the Marines decided to end a $32 million Boston Dynamics project to produce a robot pack mule, in part because it’s so noisy.

There’s little doubt that Boston Dynamics has produced some impressive robotics technology.

In addition to Big Dog, there’s the Cheetah robot that can run at 28 miles per hour.

The sand flea can jump a storey in the air.

And its most recent addition is Atlas, a robotic humanoid.

Boston Dynamics was always a bit of a strange member of the Google family. For a company that pledged to not be evil, military robotics was an uncomfortable area of research.

As for potential buyers, Bloomberg reports Amazon and Toyota might be interested. Amazon is push drone development and could use robots in its factories while Toyota is investing a billion dollars in a new robotics research lab in the U.S.