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Where's Google heading with latest robotics move?

Christina Medici Scolaro
Tech Yeah! Google builds robotics portfolio

Google has added another company to its robotics division—its eighth purchase of a robotics company in just six months.

The Google division, led by Andy Rubin, the man responsible for developing Android platform smartphones, now includes Boston Dynamics, a company with strong ties to the U.S. military and known for developing what some call "creepy," animal-like robots.

The Department of Defense funded many of the robots developed by Boston Dynamics. But while Google said it's honoring existing military contracts, it has no plans to take on new contracts. So one might wonder what a technology company would need with a robot that runs almost 30 mph.