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SoftBank acquires robotics firms from Google: Why it matters

SoftBank has already made robotics a central pillar of its forward plans, reports Tech in Asia

Jack Ellis | Tech in Asia 

Softbank


has announced that one of its subsidiaries will buy robotics and from holding company Both specialise in developing walking robots. The terms of the deal are not disclosed.

– which put itself and its subsidiaries under the auspices of newly formed as part of a 2015 corporate restructuring – acquired the two amid a robotics-focused M&A drive back in 2013.

Why it matters:

It was reported in March last year that was putting up for sale. has been one of the rumoured suitors for the US company.

SoftBank acquires robotics firms Boston Dynamics and Schaft from Google's Alphabet
has already made robotics a central pillar of its forward plans. Its “humanoid” robot Pepper was officially unveiled 2014 and has potential applications in areas as diverse as crowd control, multilingual translation, and elderly care, according to the Japanese company.

It is not clear at this stage if these acquisitions are linked to SoftBank’s $93 billion-plus Vision Fund. The Japanese company has indicated that all of its investments over $100 million, with the exception of those in ride-hailing businesses, will be carried out through the fund.


This is an excerpt from the article published on Tech In Asia. You can read the full article here

First Published: Fri, June 09 2017. 14:51 IST
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