Dec. 16 - Google's deal to buy Boston Dynamics, a company known for its animal like robots, has people talking about what the tech giant is up to. Bobbi Rebell reports.
Google is the new home of Big Dog, Cheetah and a whole bunch of animal like robots - many familiar to millions of YouTube fans. Google bought Boston Dynamics- a privately held company- known for building robots that look like something out of a science fiction movie- often co-developed or funded by the military. Google has already bought more than half a dozen robotics companies- and could have big plans: Forrester's Frank Gillett: SOUNDBITE: FRANK GILLETT, PRINCIPAL ANALYST, FORRESTER RESEARCH (ENGLISH) SAYING: "'One of them is to automate the production of phones and gadgets that Google would like to make and have others make in order to bring their costs down and enable much more widespread use." REPORTER ON CAMERA: BOBBI REBELL, REUTERS (ENGLISH) SAYING: "Google has the luxury of lots of money- so they can afford to invest in ideas that sound wacky- but eventually become reality- think Google Glass." In this case- Gillett also says the robots could be used with their mapping projects- like driverless cars: SOUNDBITE: FRANK GILLETT, PRINCIPAL ANALYST, FORRESTER RESEARCH (ENGLISH) SAYING: "Robots that can go places where wheels cannot go, and those can have a wide range of uses from package delivery to warehouse automation to other kinds of things, perhaps even taking Google's mapping cameras to locations that humans couldn't easily go or want to." While Boston Dynamics did confirm the deal- like Google it's keeping mum on details.