Boston Dynamics

Making Pepper walk: Understanding Softbank’s purchase of Boston Dynamics

It is unclear if Masayoshi Son, Chairman of Softbank, was one of the 17 million YouTube viewers of Boston Dynamic’s Big Dog before acquiring the company for an undisclosed amount this past Thursday...
12 June 2017, by

Finally! Google sells Boston Dynamics to SoftBank

In a long-awaited transaction, The New York Times Dealbook announced that SoftBank was buying Boston Dynamics from Alphabet (Google). Also included in the deal is the Japanese startup Schaft. Acquisit...
09 June 2017, by

Boston Dynamics’ newest robot: Introducing Handle

Handle is a research robot standing 6.5 ft tall, travels at 9 mph and jumps 4 feet vertically. It uses electric power to operate both electric and hydraulic actuators, with a range of about 15 miles o...
28 February 2017, by

Watch humanoid robot Atlas balance on one foot

A video posted to YouTube last week shows Boston Dynamics' humanoid robot Atlas balancing on one foot, while standing on a 2cm thick plywood edge....
14 September 2016, by

Boston Dynamics made a new robot: SpotMini

SpotMini is a new smaller version of the Spot robot, weighing 55 lbs dripping wet (65 lbs if you include its arm.) SpotMini is all-electric (no hydraulics) and runs for about 90 minutes on a charge, d...
23 June 2016, by

Google puts Boston Dynamics up for sale

The maker of advanced humanoid and 4-legged robots (BigDog and Atlas), Boston Dynamics, is up for sale. According to the Financial Times, "this is one of those discordant moments that makes you questi...
22 March 2016, by

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Introducing Spot, a new smaller 4-legged robot from Boston Dynamics

[tweetquote]Boston Dynamics just released a video of a new four legged robot named “Spot”.[/tweetquote] It is an evolution along the lines of their previous four-legged robots like BigDog and Wild...
09 February 2015, by

DARPA announces new challenges, teams, and research goals for the DRC’s finale in June 2015

Teams of roboticists from around the globe will convene in Los Angeles for the third and final round of the DARPA Robotics Challenge on June 5th  and 6th, 2015. For this phase, DARPA will be cutting ...
27 June 2014, by

Google & DARPA want divorce | The Verge

“Google’s new rock star robotics companies, Boston Dynamics and Schaft, still have obligations to DARPA — meaning Google and DARPA are entangled in a shotgun marriage, forced to shar...
22 March 2014, by

DARPA’s Gill Pratt on Google’s robotics investments

When Google bought Boston Dynamics last December, the news made headlines, but it was not the first time the Internet giant has invested in DARPA-funded robotics. As part of Robohub's Big Deals series...
19 March 2014, by and

Big deals: What it means to have the giants investing in robotics

  If the world outside the robotics community didn't know about Boston Dynamics, Kiva and Nest, they do now. Recent robotics acquisitions and investments by major-league players like Google, Apple a...
12 February 2014, by

AJung Moon on “What does it mean to have giants like Google, Apple and Amazon investing in robotics?”

We have reasons to feel both excited and uneasy about giant corporations’ investment in robotics. It’s exciting for the robotics community that the giants (Google, Apple, and Amazon) are active...
12 February 2014, by

Apple, Amazon and now Google: It’s a pretty exciting day for robotics!

There is serious momentum in robotics these days, evidenced by recent news from Apple, Amazon and Google: Apple announced that they were investing $10.5 billion in supply chain robots and automati...
14 December 2013, by

Google buys Boston Dynamics | New York Times

Boston Dynamics and its animal kingdom-themed machines bring significant cachet to Google’s robotic efforts. See on
14 December 2013, by

Boston Dynamics announces new WildCat quadruped robot | Automaton

Boston Dynamics has just updated its YouTube channel with some new videos. One of them is an update on Atlas. Another is an update on LS3. And the third is this: WildCat, a totally new quadruped rob...
07 October 2013, by

DARPA’s Virtual Robotics Challenge a practical step forward on the long road toward disaster-response capable humanoids

  Based on a media rountable discussion with DRC Program Manager Gill Pratt and CEO of the Open Source Robotics Foundation Brian Gerkey. The Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear disaster was a wake-up call...
24 July 2013, by

RHex update: Jumping, swimming, climbing robot will blow you away | Mashable

The little guy has six legs, a compact body and can really get around. It can handle all kinds of terrain, as well as inclines of up to 60%, while its battery life lasts up to six hours. Read more: M...
13 May 2013, by

Video of Boston Dynamics’ PETMAN in action

Boston Dynamics just released a new video of their robot PETMAN. The robot was funded by the Department of Defense to test the performance of protective clothing designed for hazardous environments. I...
05 April 2013, by

Two new videos show progress with humanoid robots

Boston Dynamics has clothed their Petman humanoid robot to test hazardous conditions and to be able to detect chemicals leaking through the suit. ...
05 April 2013, by

CMU’s Robot Hall of Fame inducts four

"The Robot Hall of Fame inducted four robots chosen for the first time by a popular vote — Aldebaran Robotics' NAO humanoid, iRobot's PackBot bomb disposal robot, Boston Dynamics' four-legg...
26 October 2012, by

MIT’s Cheetah acquires new gates In early March, Boston Dynamics posted a video (shown below) showing the Cheetah robot they are developing for DARPA running at 18 miles per hour (a new record for a robot...
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