Google Buys Military Robot Makers

    Bipedal humanoid robot "Atlas", primarily developed by the American robotics company Boston Dynamics, is presented to the media during a news conference at the University of Hong Kong October 17, 2013. The 6-foot (1.83 m) tall, 330-pound (149.7 kg) robot is made of graded aluminium and titanium and costs HK$ 15 million ($1.93 million). It is capable of a variety of natural movements, including dynamic walking, calisthenics and user programmed behaviours, according to the University of Hong Kong's press release. REUTERS/Tyrone Siu (CHINA - Tags: SCIENCE TECHNOLOGY) - RTX14EEC

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    Move over, Amazon drones, this is just as fun. Google has purchased Boston Dynamics, an engineering company that develops animal-like machines, including a "cheetah" that's the world’s fastest-running robot, the company confirmed Sunday. Boston Dynamics once supplied the robots to the U.S. military, and does not sell the products commercially. The company is run by former Android boss Andy Rubin, and the terms of the sale have not been disclosed. Aside from the cheetahs, Boston Dynamics also created robots such as the BigDog and WildCat.

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