Wednesday, 4 December 2013

Andy Robin Android Chief Looks for Google Robotics

Andy Robin Android Chief Looks for Google Robotics
Amazon isn't the only one eyeing a robotic transformation. Google has calmly entered the ring, under the authority of former Android chief Andy Rubin. Rubin discussed the "moonshot" project in an interview with The New York Times, though it expected won't arrive to fruition inside the next ten years. In March, the 50-year-old Google boss stepped down as Android head to "start a new section at Google," CEO Larry Page said at the time. It turns out that new section is torn from the sheets of a science fiction publication. Rubin is no stranger to robotics. Before connecting apple fruit in 1989, he worked as a robotics technician at German manufacturer Carl Zeiss. He later co-founded hardware conceive company Danger Inc. — came by by Microsoft — and Android Inc., which Google bought in 2005. "I have a annals of making my interests into a career," Rubin notified the Times. "This is the world's utmost job. Being an engineer and a tinkerer, you start thinking about what you would want to construct for yourself." It turns out Rubin wants to construct robots for himself.

Over the past year and a half, Google has came by seven U.S. and Japanese tech companies with the intent of evolving a new lifetime of robots, the paper said. amidst those businesses are Schaft, a group of Japanese roboticists from Tokyo University, and Industrial Perception, an American startup that evolved robot arms for loading and unloading motor motor trucks. According to the Times, Google has furthermore calmly purchased Meka, Redwood Robotics, Bot & Dolly (which worked on the latest acclaimed movie Gravity), Autofuss, and Holomni. simultaneously, those associations can construct a mobile, dexterous robot, said Rubin, though Google continues to chase added acquisitions.

It is unclear exactly how Google intends to use these robots, but the Times pointed to the tech giant's new Google buying articulate same-day consignment service — a California-based navigate program that aspires to save buyers time and effort — as a likely use case for the automated machines. Google did not directly reply to PCMag's request for commentary. Amazon head Jeff Bezos, meanwhile, lately broadcast that the online retailer is experimenting with drones that will supply half-hour, same-day consignment, named PrimeAir.

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