Googles’ Andy Rubin, the founder of its Android operating system, revealed that he is heading up a robotics department. Google has recently acquired seven small companies whose combined technology could be used to create a robot.
In an interview he said “Like any moonshot, you have to think of time as a factor. We need enough runway and a 10-year vision,”.
Larry Page said in a Google+ post “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 the hundreds of millions of pockets. It is still very early days for this, but I can’t wait to see the progress.”
Though its unclear what the ultimate goal with the robots, sources say plans are to develop machines that can be used for a range of activities, from manufacturing small electronics like smartphones – still mostly assembled by hand – to packing goods in warehouses and ultimately making home deliveries.