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Google's robotics properties and U of M's walking robot

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The Newsy video (with Mikah Sargent) of Dec. 4, 2013 tells us the revealed Google robotics properties. The story has found worldwide "legs" including a piece by the BBC News. Andy Rubin (creator of Android OS and other notable accomplishments) is leaping from Android to "Robotics" in this massive move by Google "Moonshot". Another robot story with 'legs' is about University of Michigan's walking robot in the outdoors Dec. 3, 2013. Just yesterday The Examiner posted another robotics piece: "Knightscope security robots are not Skynet Terminators".

However, the BBC News reports that 'Google Robotics' may not be available to the public - it may only be an internal development. The U of M walking robot and Knightscope robots will be generally viewed in and amongst the public. Will the same be true for the Google Robotics robots or hybrids? Google is not saying but based on their new robotics properties the new line of Google-bots may perform a variety of useful functions. Autofuss (and other businesses in the Google acquisition per the BBC) produces robotic videos. The related Bot and Dolly has previously created amazing video productions including participation in the blockbuster film 'Gravity'.

Mikah and the BBC also mentioned Industrial Perception, Schaft and Redwood Robotics. But the purchase of Meka may also imply a Google move into humanoid robots. And an interest in reliable transportation (or ambulation) via caster may be signaled by the Holomni acquisition. But perhaps Google Robotics should then review U of M’s walking robot. That walking robot is designated 'MARLO'.

MARLO is said to be a third generation bipedal robot and possibly only one of three of its kind. DARPA and the NSF appear to have vested interests in the amazing walking skills of this latest U of M robot. Please see the amazing developer video in the U of M news release. You will see MARLO walking around the campus - perhaps you may even catch a glimpse of a Google robot in the future.


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