OH my, GOOGLE buys robot firm # 8, !! Boston Dynamics !!
Oh WOW, these are guys serious. They just bought the PREEMINENT walking robot company.
BigDog, Cheetah, WildCat, and Atlas have joined Google’s growing robot menagerie.
"Raibert is known as the father of walking robots in the United States. He originally created the Leg Lab, a research laboratory to explore walking machines at Carnegie Mellon University in 1980. He then moved the laboratory to MIT before leaving academia to build engineering systems for the military and Sony."
"His research in walking robots began with a pogo-stick project called “the hopper,” which he used to test basic concepts."
“I am excited by Andy and Google’s ability to think very, very big,” Raibert said, “with the resources to make it happen.”