Google acquired seven robotics companies for a project headed by Andy Rubin
When Google acquired Android from Andy Rubin, it was a very smart business decision. Android now has the leading mobile marketshare in the world. Rubin is no longer involved in the day-to-day operations of Android, but he is working on another exciting project at Google. Google bought seven robotics companies in the last 6 months – Schaft, Industrial Perception, Meka, Redwood Robotics, Bot & Dolly, Autofuss, and Holomni – in order to create manufacturing robots. These robots are designed more for enterprise rather than consumers.
Some of these robots may be used for automating a portion of an existing supply chain from the point of piecing together parts of the factory floor all the way to delivery.
“Like any moonshot, you have to think of time as a factor,” stated Rubin in an interview with The New York Times. “We need enough runway and a 10-year vision.”