Google Is Selling Robot Company Boston Dynamics to a Japanese Firm
SoftBank is one of the leaders in the field of robotics in Japan.
Three years after acquiring MIT’s robotics lab, Boston Dynamics, makers of Atlas and other scary bots, Alphabet (Google’s parent company) is selling it to Softbank, a Japanese telecommunications company known for its less frightening robots as Pepper. It turns out that posting YouTube videos of robots that induce nightmares is not as profitable as expected.
Alphabet had been looking for ways to sell this company for some months, not because the projects were not interesting, but because they generated a lot of losses because. At the moment, very few government or business entities were interested in robots, except for the United States Department of Defense, which had a couple of contracts with Boston Dynamic due to the use that could be given to them in rescue operations.
“We at Boston Dynamics are excited to be part of SoftBank’s bold vision and its position creating the next technology revolution, and we share SoftBank’s belief that advances in technology should be for the benefit of humanity. We look forward to working with SoftBank in our mission to push the boundaries of what advanced robots can do and to create useful applications in a smarter and more connected world.””.
SoftBank embraces Boston Dynamics
The most popular robotics companies in recent years is the Japanese SoftBank, which in addition to selling smartphones and mobile phone service has been in charge of developing Pepper: the robot that serves customers in Japan and also has the ability to read human emotions, and thus change the way you approach depending on your mood.
Well, we could now consider SoftBank as one of the most powerful robotics companies in the world. On one side has its friendly robots for customer service like Pepper, and the other has the “beasts” of Boston Dynamics, which has been often afraid to see their abilities in any environment, which as we said at the beginning, could serve in rescue operations or, as weapons of war. It all depends on the meaning that the human being wants to give them.
The amounts involved in the deal have not been disclosed, SoftBank will also acquire Schaft, a humanoid robot company owned by Google.
The Japanese multinational is one of the leading companies in the country’s robotics sector and Pepper is its best-known robot.