The Robots Are Coming — from Google

Though not all of its products are perfect, Google has revolutionized numerous technology industries. Whether it's the way people use the Internet or the way communication occurs, Google has always tried to be at the forefront of emerging sectors of the tech industry and it may now be doing the same thing with robots.

In the past six months, Google has acquired seven robotics companies and the search giant is now looking to build its own robots. Details regarding the types of robots that Google is working on have been minimal but Google has confirmed that Andy Dubin is managing the project.

Not For Consumers

Google may be quiet when it comes to the robots, previously being worked on in secret, but based on the companies that Google has acquired, we can infer that these robots will not be for consumers. Instead, the robots will be meant for businesses in the manufacturing sector that are trying to automate their supply chains.

By acquiring seven American and Japanese companies for this venture, Google should be able to build a line of manufacturing robots that are far superior to what any of the individual companies have designed. Many of the robots have traditionally been weak and are sometimes significantly weaker than humans, however Google has fixed this problem by acquiring Schaft, a company that specializes in stronger robots.

Prior to spearheading this new project, Andy Rubin was leading the Android team. But when he left that position, he asked Google's executives to invest in this project. The investment amount has not been disclosed but since the company is building manufacturing robots, it was likely a good chunk of money.

A Growing Industry

Many companies, particularly in the automotive and defense industries, have already begun to focus on robots, but in the past year, more...

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