“The future is looking awesome!” Andy Rubin tweeted almost a year ago. Back then, it was
Google had just acquired yet another robotics firm for Rubin, the founder and former head of Android, to run as part of Google’s Robot Initiative (hence the tweet).
Almost a year later, Andy Rubin has yet to tweet again (about anything) — and has, with little fanfare, exited Google
Which leaves me with just one question: Where are my freakin’ Google Robots, Andy?
Thus far, the Google robot legacy has been one of frustration. For the better part of a year, I watched as Google snapped up one major robotics company after another. Most were, admittedly, well known only to the robot community. But the Boston Dynamics acquisition stood out, because its videos of walking, running, jumping and lumbering Big Dog robots had captured the imagination of millions of viewers on YouTube. Read more…