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The 6 craziest robots Google has acquired

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Google went on a robot shopping spree in 2013.

That year, Google acquired seven robotics companies. There was so many to keep track of that Google spun all of its robot projects into a department called Replicant, which is run under Google X — the branch of Alphabet responsible for "moonshot projects."

We got to see a new Alphabet-owned robot this week that we think is the craziest we've seen yet. So we decided to pause and look at the tech giant's other robots.

Here they are:

We'd be remiss not to start off with SCHAFT, which just showed off its new bipedal robot at the New Economic Summit in Japan.

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That long-legged, bipedal robot doesn't have a name as of yet. But we know it's capable of carrying up to 132 pounds and can tackle uneven terrain. You can read more about it here.



But SCHAFT has created some other wild robots as well, like this one that can drive a car on its own.

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This robot is what gave SCHAFT first place in DARPA's robotic challenge in 2013. It was this robot's outstanding performance that encouraged Google to acquire the Tokyo-based company.



Google bought Meka, a company that makes humanoid robots like the Meka M1 Mobile Manipulator that's capable of performing everyday tasks.

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Check out those dexterous arms and fingers! 

 



See the rest of the story at Business Insider

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