Alphabet Sells Boston Dynamics to Softbank

June 9, 2017, By Sanjeev Ramachandran

Google parent Alphabet has given robotics freaks something to ponder over. Alphabet has sold its Boston Dynamics, its robotics company, to Softbank, a Japanese major. Though the sale would bring in a sigh of relief for Boston Dynamics, it remains to be seen what a company like Softbank would do with its giant robots.

Though Softbank would have plans which we do not know, the world is keenly looking to know what the next course of action would be. Softbank already owns Aldebaran Robotics, the company credited for the manufacture of the humanoid Pepper. However, the giant machines from Boston Dynamics are far different from what Pepper actually is.

That brings the world to the question as to how the purchase of Boston would help Softbank. Though Softbank has expressed joy over the buy, we need to wait to know how the company would put the Boston machines to play.

With the transaction having made, Softbank believes that smart robotics would be a key driver of the next stage of the Information Revolution. According to a report quoting Softbank executives, Boston Dynamics, which is a clear technology leader in advanced dynamic robots, the Japanese company is now looking forward to supporting the team at Boston as they continue to advance the field of robotics and explore applications that can help make life easier, safer and more fulfilling.

We need to wait to know what role Boston would play at Softbank in the coming days. Stay tunes.

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