Google Sells Boston Dynamics to SoftBank

Boston Dynamics, maker of those creepy, all-to-real, robots has been sold by Google to SoftBank.

Boston Dynamics, known for producing those creepy, long-legged walking robots that can strike feelings of both awe and terror in humans, has been sold by Google-parent Alphabet to SoftBank.

The engineering and robotics company has been up for sell for over a year now. Boston Dynamics is focused on producing its robots for the military and other businesses.

Part of the transaction includes SoftBank also buying the Japanese bipedal robotics company Schaft. Terms of the deal have not been disclosed.

Among the many innovative machines are “Wildcat” (capable of running at speeds up to 19 MPH on various terrain, “Handle” (which can leap 4 feet vertically), “Atlas” (which walks on 2 legs and can open doors and move objects on demand), and many more!

“Today, there are many issues we still cannot solve by ourselves with human capabilities. Smart robotics are going to be a key driver of the next stage of the information revolution,” Masayoshi Son, chairman and CEO of SoftBank Group Corp. said in a statement. “I am thrilled to welcome (Boston Dynamics) to the SoftBank family and look forward to supporting them as they continue to advance the field of robotics and explore applications that can help make life easier, safer and more fulfilling.”

At the TED conference in April, Boston Dynamics founder and CEO Marc Raibert showed off the company’s four-legged dog-like robot delivering a package and its bipedal access robot moving boxes to a conveyor belt on a factory floor.

Check out the scary-ish / cool=ish robots from Boston Dynamics here:

View more of the robots on Boston Dynamic’s YouTube page.

 

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