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far911
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Robot The Future
far911   12/13/2013 11:35:19 AM
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I am sure as the development is progressing Robots will be a key user for humans.

Rob Spiegel
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Re: I think that they need to hire me
Rob Spiegel   12/11/2013 9:33:57 AM
Jim E, I agree completely that we'll soon see some very useful and human friendly robots. Hey, give Google a call. Maybe they need robot engineers.

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Re: What ISN'T Google into?
Rob Spiegel   12/11/2013 9:30:40 AM
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You're right, Elizabeth, Android was no joke. A couple years ago it passed Apple OS as the OS that was installed in the greatest number of phones. Pretty good considering search is Google core competence.

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I think that they need to hire me
Jim_E   12/11/2013 9:11:27 AM
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As a super-gEEky software/electrical/controls engineer with many years of experience in the materials handling industry as well as have been an industrial robot programmer, I think that Google needs to hire me for this project! :)

I think that some of Google's things have been a little too abstract for me to want to work on, but it would be pretty cool to work for Google on this project, as I'd love to help design robots that are useful enough to work in many situations, instead of being fixed industrial features.

The baxter and universal robotics offerings are just the tip of the iceberg here in this field.  We're going to see some very useful and human friendly robots in the field very soon.

Elizabeth M
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Re: What ISN'T Google into?
Elizabeth M   12/11/2013 5:01:30 AM
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I know, Rob, I was thinking that, too! Android seemed like a bit of a joke or a vanity project when it came out and now it's everywhere. Just shows the power and reach of Google.

Rob Spiegel
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Re: Expansion does not always equal profits
Rob Spiegel   12/10/2013 9:27:01 PM
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Good point, JimT. If ever there was a company that bucks the idea of staying with its core competence, it's Google. Mobile phone OS, running Motorola's mobile phone business, self-driving cars, and now robots -- pretty far from search engines.

JimT@Future-Product-Innovations
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Expansion does not always equal profits
JimT@Future-Product-Innovations   12/10/2013 7:50:31 PM
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I hope these expansions work for them.  Other "Household-Name" companies that have previously waded into ventures outside their core-competencies have had varying degrees of success.  Its especially difficult when acquiring smaller corporate entities, and then trying to retro-fit the new staff into the larger staff model.  Often the conflicts become more than the profits can cover, and the intended growth becomes an eventual failure.

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Re: What ISN'T Google into?
Rob Spiegel   12/10/2013 2:17:33 PM
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Yes, it will certainly be interesting to see what Google does with its robots, Elizabeth. Who would have guessed five years ago that Google would take such a major position in mobile phones.

Elizabeth M
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Re: What ISN'T Google into?
Elizabeth M   12/10/2013 1:13:47 PM
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Indeed, Amazon buying a robot makes a bit more sense than Google, which is again why it's so interesting a move for the company.

VDC_M2M_EHW
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Re: What ISN'T Google into?
VDC_M2M_EHW   12/10/2013 12:02:08 PM
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Not to long ago, Amazon bought KIVA which was making specialized robots for warehouses. 

http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2012-03-19/amazon-acquires-kiva-systems-in-second-biggest-takeover.html

In that case, it made sense on a number of levels - improve internal infrastructure and lock out competitors from the technology.

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