After stepping down as Android’s head this year, Andy Rubin seems to be working with Google for a robot based project. According to a report by The NewYork Times, the search engine giant has acquired seven robot making companies secretly. The report has quoted Rubin hinting towards the new assignment without revealing any details.
Google already has an X lab which is basically about the company’s out-of-the-box projects including self-operating cars and even the balloon-powered Internet project. However, this new robotic tech could be spun off as a new division all together, Rubin told the publication. He has started looking for the appropriate people for this project, which will run from Google’s offices in both Palo Alto and Japan.
Rubin has also been quoted saying that “I have a history of making my hobbies into a career,” hinting towards the real robotic tech and his passion for the same. However, Rubin also mentioned that one such project would take its own research time for development and also require foresight for the tech, and said that “Like any moonshot, you have to think of time as a factor.. We need enough runway and a 10-year vision.”
There is no clarity on what exactly would be the final product like, though Robin hinted that the robotic creation would come with human like capabilities of moving, grabbing or reaching to something or someplace.