Google acquires Boston Dynamics, maker of animal-inspired robots
Company nabs a maker of impressive walking and running creatures. It's part of Google's effort to buy its way into a future populated by autonomous mechanical entities.
Google confirmed the acquisition in a Saturday New York Times report, which also broke the story earlier in December about .
Boston Dynamics gained Internet fame through YouTube videos of its agile, often gas-powered robots dealing with ice, snow, and other obstacles. It's easy to see why the Defense Department -- specifically the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) -- is interested.
Boston Dynamics has a lot of experience with quadrupedal robots, but more recently, it's developed its, also funded by DARPA.