Google announced on Friday that they had completed an acquisition of robotics company Boston Dynamics. The company has gained recognition for its animal-like robot designs that balance on most terrain and are capable of running faster than humans.
Boston Dynamics is best known for their “Big Dog” robot model, which became famous in a viral video demonstrating the bot’s ability to walk in snow and ice, and even stay upright after being kicked. They have also uploaded a more recent product demo of the quick but noisy “Wildcat”, a galloping four-legged robot that can reach speeds of about 16 mph.
This is the latest in a recent Google trend of acquiring robotics pioneers in the US and Japan, indicating either a push at developing commercial robotics products in the next few years or the more the popular theory; that Google is developing killer robots akin to the Terminator.