Newsletters
News & Information for Technology Purchasers NewsFactor Sites:       NewsFactor.com     Enterprise Security Today     CRM Daily     Business Report     Sci-Tech Today  
   
This ad will display for the next 20 seconds. Click for more information, or
Home Enterprise I.T. Cloud Computing Applications Hardware More Topics...
After Hours
Gartner's #1 for endpoint backup
Average Rating:
Rate this article:  
Google Launches 'Moonshot' Robot Delivery Vision

Google Launches 'Moonshot' Robot Delivery Vision
By Jennifer LeClaire

Share
Share on Facebook Share on Twitter Share on Linkedin Share on Google Plus

Andy Rubin, the mastermind behind the Android project, is heading up Google's new "moonshot" robotics effort. One can sort of see something like today’s Roomba floor cleaning robot as the first beings coming out of the swamps to walk on land. What Google's "moonshot" vision would be is a fully evolved version of that.
 


First it was drones, now it’s robots. Amazon made headlines around the world this week when CEO Jeff Bezos shared his vision for Prime Air, an octocoper service that uses drones to deliver goods of up to about 5 pounds in roughly 30 minutes.

But Google isn’t content to allow Amazon to steal all the next-generation delivery headlines this week. Google is proposing life-size humanoid robots to deliver packages to your doorstep, according to the New York Times.

The difference between the two visions: Amazon’s Prime Air seems a more likely reality once Federal Aviation Administration rules are settled. Google executives are admitting that their robotic vision is a “moonshot,” the Times reports.

A 10-Year Vision

Andy Rubin, the mastermind behind the Android project, is heading up the robotics effort. This is his first big move since he gave Android over to Sundar Pichai in early 2013. Apparently, robotics has been on his mind for more than a decade.

“Like any moonshot, you have to think of time as a factor,” Rubin told the Times. “We need enough runway and a 10-year vision.”

It’s unclear just exactly how much Google is investing in this so-called moonshot, but the company has been snapping up robotics companies. The list includes Industrial Perception, which focuses on computer vision to allow robots to load up and unload trucks. Bot & Dollar is another Google buy. Its robotic arms helped film the movie Gravity. Schaft, Meka, Redwood Robotics, Autofuss and Holomni are also now owned by Google and could support Rubin’s vision.

“I am excited about Andy Rubin's next project. His last big bet, Android, started off as a crazy idea that ended up putting a supercomputer in hundreds of millions of pockets,” said Larry Page, CEO of Google in a Google+ post. “It is still very early days for this, but I can't wait to see the progress.”

A Full-Grown Roomba?

Some of Page’s followers offered a skeptical response. Jarkko Suominen wrote, “Google invests to Andy Rubin but to what Andy Rubin. What is Andy's vision? Is the quality of a robot more important than usefulness and deliberateness of robot in point of his view. Where are his markets?”

But another follower, Johnathan Chung, is excited to see the development: “We've come a long way since the first flagship machine readable punched cards were invented in 1928 . . . incidentally the same year sliced bread was invented too. Surely this qualifies Google as one of the best things since then.”

We asked Ross Rubin, principal analyst at Reticle Research, to get his take on Google’s latest project. He told us it sounds like an extension of the company’s self-driving car technology.

“It’s very much a Jetsons-like maybe Asimovian vision where we would have these machines that could really act on our behalf and act on the complexities of our physical world,” Rubin said. “So one can sort of see something like today’s Roomba floor cleaning robot as the first beings coming out of the swamps to walk on land. What Google describes would be a fully evolved version of that.”
 

Tell Us What You Think
Comment:

Name:



Protect 100% of your Data The prevalence of laptops and mobile devices in the enterprise makes corporate data increasingly vulnerable to loss and breach. And yet, workforce productivity is now inextricably linked to mobility. Click here to access the white paper "Top 10 Endpoint Backup Mistakes" to learn more about how to confidently protect data across platforms and devices while also providing features designed to enhance the end user experience.


 After Hours
1.   Assange Talks of Leaving Embassy
2.   Call of Duty Takes Giant Leap Forward
3.   Social Media Feeds Rare Syndrome


advertisement
New App To Manage Time Better
Helping to organize your busy life.
Average Rating:
Call of Duty Takes Giant Leap Forward
With virtual booty and all new tactics.
Average Rating:
Phone Contract Ending: What Now?
Options, consequences to consider.
Average Rating:
Product Information and Resources for Technology You Can Use To Boost Your Business

Network Security Spotlight
Chinese Hackers Nab Info on Millions of U.S. Patients
A group of Chinese hackers has stolen the personal information, including names and Social Security numbers, of about 4.5 million patients at hospitals operated by Community Health Systems.
 
Premier FBI Cybersquad in U.S. To Add Agents
After helping prosecutors charge Chinese army officials with stealing trade secrets from major companies and by snaring a Russian-led hacking ring, the premier FBI cyber-squad is getting a boost.
 
Apple Opens iCloud Data Center in China
Treading lightly, Apple acknowledged it has started to store encrypted iCloud personal data of some Chinese users on servers in mainland China, operated by the state-owned China Telecom.
 

Enterprise Hardware Spotlight
Compression, Deduplication Come to Violin Concerto 2200
Violin Memory has announced that data deduplication and compression capabilities are now available on its Concerto 2200 solution. Typically, users will experience deduplication rates between 6:1 and 10:1.
 
Cisco Axes 6,000 Employees in Restructuring Plan
Faced with declining profits, Cisco is laying off up to 6,000 employees in the months ahead -- a whopping 8 percent of its global workforce. That's in addition to the 4,000 jobs Cisco cut last year.
 
Web Slows, Have Internet Routers Reached The Limit?
If you encountered problems connecting to the Internet on August 12, you weren't alone. Networking experts blame the wide-scale slowdown on outdated routing systems that are reaching their limits.
 

Mobile Technology Spotlight
HTC Debuts Windows Phone Version of One M8 Smartphone
HTC is bringing the Windows Phone mobile OS to its flagship One M8 device -- the first time any mainstream flagship smartphone has been offered with a choice of operating systems.
 
RootMetrics Ranks Verizon Tops in Mobile Networks
Verizon Wireless is the top-performing cellphone service provider, according to a new report. In the first half of 2014, Verizon led on a nationwide and state-by-state basis -- and in metro areas.
 
Sprint Comes Out with Data Guns Blazing
As its new CEO promised, Sprint has rolled out a new aggressively competitive price plan. The shared data plans promise twice the high-speed data and at lower prices than AT&T and Verizon Wireless.
 

Navigation
NewsFactor Network
Home/Top News | Enterprise I.T. | Cloud Computing | Applications | Hardware | Mobile Tech | Big Data | Communications
World Wide Web | Network Security | Data Storage | CRM Systems | Microsoft/Windows | Apple/Mac | Linux/Open Source | Personal Tech
Press Releases
NewsFactor Network Enterprise I.T. Sites
NewsFactor Technology News | Enterprise Security Today | CRM Daily

NewsFactor Business and Innovation Sites
Sci-Tech Today | NewsFactor Business Report

NewsFactor Services
FreeNewsFeed | Free Newsletters

About NewsFactor Network | How To Contact Us | Article Reprints | Careers @ NewsFactor | Services for PR Pros | Top Tech Wire | How To Advertise

Privacy Policy | Terms of Service
© Copyright 2000-2014 NewsFactor Network. All rights reserved. Article rating technology by Blogowogo. Member of Accuserve Ad Network.