Google has acquired robotics engineering company Boston Dynamics. That includes BigDog, a motorized robot that can handle ice and snow as documented in a video that garnered widespread internet popularity. News of the deal was reported on Friday by The New York Times, which says that the Massachusetts-based company's role in future Google projects is currently unclear, but that it joins the seven other robotics companies Google has picked up this year. Boston Dynamics began as a spinoff from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 1992, and quickly started working on projects for the military.
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Google buys Boston Dynamics, maker of spectacular and terrifying robots