Google purchased the company for an unknown sum, according to The New York Times. The company also said they would not release financial information on any of the other companies they recently acquired.
While existing Boston Dynamics military contracts will be honored, Google reportedly “says it does not plan on becoming a military contractor on its own,” according to Gizmodo.
It remains unclear why Google has been pouring money into acquiring robotics companies over the past six months.
Google’s robotics team is led by Andy Rubin, former head of Android. When Rubin was interviewed by The New York Times last week, he was not forthcoming about the company’s plans.
However, some people, who were described as having “specific knowledge of the project” Rubin is involved in, claim the robots will be used in manufacturing and retailing.
Yet Rubin said that he does not expect initial product development to go on for years, which the Times says indicates “that Google commercial robots of some nature could be available in the next several years.”
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