Google spreads wings from search to ro­bot­ics

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SAN FRAN­CISCO: Google has bought seven ro­bot­ics com­pa­nies as part of a strat­egy to de­velop its own ro­bots that can be used for ware­house, man­u­fac­tur­ing and de­liv­ery work, the New York Times re­ported.

The re­port said that Google had placed Andy Ru­bin in charge. Ru­bin led the de­vel­op­ment of An­droid into the world’s most widely used smart­phone soft­ware. Google has long been com­mit­ted to in­vest­ing re­sources in am­bi­tious tech­nol­ogy projects that are not di­rectly re­lated to its core search soft­ware.

Re­cent ex­am­ples in­clude the de­vel­op­ment of driver­less cars and high-al­ti­tude bal­loons to pro­vide broad­band ac­cess to re­mote ar­eas.

The re­port ap­peared just days af­ter web re­tail gi­ant Ama­zon.com de­tailed its plans to de­velop a fleet of au­ton­o­mous drones.

Th­ese would be ca­pa­ble of de­liv- er­ing pack­ages weigh­ing up to 2.5kg to cus­tomer homes within a 16km ra­dius of its dis­tri­bu­tion cen­tres.

Ru­bin com­pared its suc­cess to that of Google’s self-driv­ing cars that are in­creas­ingly seen on Cal­i­for­nian roads.

“The au­to­mated car project was sci­ence fic­tion when it started. Now it is com­ing within reach,” he said. – Sapa-dpa

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