Google article title if interested, "Meet your robot overlords: Google makes big robotics play, acquires seven firms in 6 months"
There NOT doing this as an X project. They have taken the step and crested a DIVISION for this effort. Means they are SERIOUS. All goodness for iRobot, the opportunity is accelerating, we are the experts, AND we own the BRAND, "iROBOT". :-)
"Google has launched an aggressive effort to develop a new class of robots, acquiring seven companies in the last six months and putting the man behind Android in charge, according to a New York Times story published Tuesday night."
“It’s a pretty exciting day for robotics,” he said. “When someone like Google makes an investment like that in robots, others are likely to follow suit. It can only spur investment and innovation.”
"When Android founder Andy Rubin stepped away from the mobile operating system he helped create, rumors suggested he would pursue his lifelong love of real robots instead. Now, The New York Times reports that those rumors were true: Google has purchased seven different robot companies for a secretive new robotics initiative — and placed Rubin at its head."
"The story apparently comes from Rubin himself, who granted the Times an interview but wouldn't provide many details about Google's plans. Apparently, the robot group is distinct from the Google X lab, which has become synonymous with the company's crazier hardware projects, such as self-driving cars and balloon-powered internet. However, Rubin said that the new division — which could even be spun off as a separate company — is still pursuing a "moonshot" of that sort. Currently, Rubin is hiring roboticists for the project, which the Times reports will maintain offices in both Palo Alto and Japan."