Google buys seven robotics firms, tasks Android's Andy Rubin with the creation of our future overlords


Andy Rubin left its Android project within Google for good, supposedly to work on "special projects", and now we get to learn what he and his team have been up to. 

Robots. Not tiny green mascots, mind you, but the industrial and time-saving kind that frees humans from the shackles of repetitive motions or delivery logistics, and can automate no-brainer tasks like the sensors that start your windshield wipers when rain pours down. Maybe it's not by accident that this robotic project gets announced just when Amazon's Jeff Bezos was puffing air about unmanned drones delivering your online purchases in the speediest way.

In any case, Google has been quietly ramping up its acquisition of companies that deal with robotics, and has bought seven such tech firms in the last six months alone, including the one that made the camera points of view in "Gravity" possible. Andy Rubin will be in charge of quite the budget, it seems, although Google didn't disclose numbers, as Larry Page himself took to Google+ to congratulate the ex-Android chief for his future strokes of genius on the way to creating our robotic overlords.

Actually Google's robotics department will be pretty pragmatic, it turns out, with the project eventually ending up in retail products that will be sold to customers, and will have offices in both Palo Alto and Japan (where else) at the beginning. We only hope that we can finally command our humanoid butler from our Android phones. Here are Andy Rubin's comments on the project:


source: NYT & LarryPage (G+)

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11 Comments

11. ZeroCide

Posts: 819; Member since: Jan 09, 2013

Androids will be poewered by android.

9. KillerKeyboard

Posts: 372; Member since: Nov 21, 2013

OK Google.

8. itsdeepak4u2000

Posts: 3718; Member since: Nov 03, 2012

Very good.

7. taikucing unregistered

Nice, build the real android with android OS inside it.

6. microsoftnokiawin

Posts: 1268; Member since: Mar 30, 2012

you'd think we watched enough movies to learn but no !

4. Dowson unregistered

Maybe he is fascinated by amazon and he needs to copy and steal something else, c'mon android isn't copying anymore so dat "eng" got bored.

5. Reality_Check

Posts: 277; Member since: Aug 15, 2013

Nice trolling. I'm impressed !!

3. shahulvm

Posts: 124; Member since: Apr 01, 2012

there goes the next set of jobs for the common man :(

2. pokharkarsaga

Posts: 561; Member since: Feb 23, 2012

Very soon we will see Google manufacturing robots for consumers.

1. pokharkarsaga

Posts: 561; Member since: Feb 23, 2012

Skynet is coming.

10. SonyXperiaNexus

Posts: 374; Member since: Oct 01, 2012

lol, now theyre making real androids

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