Alphabet stops robot developmentBack
Google is much more than just the search engine and office software. The parent company Alphabet, for example, is involved in mobile phones, intelligent thermostats, self-driving cars, experimental technology in the biomedical field and artificial intelligence. Not always with success, such as Google Glass, the glasses with a camera, which was quickly withdrawn from the market due to privacy violations and social unrest.
Now Alphabet has announced that it is ending the Everyday Robots project, which was concerned with the development of robots for households and office environments. The prototype consisted of a one-armed robot on wheels that could perform light care tasks such as sorting waste and cleaning tables. In 2022, the robot was upgraded, allowing it to process natural language commands.
But, unlike industrial robots, it is very difficult to build robots that work in unstructured and unpredictable environments such as offices. Actually (so far) only the vacuum cleaner robot is a success.
Everyday Robots was founded three years ago. The discontinuation of the project as a separate division is partly due to the recent mass layoffs at Alphabet. Alphabet will continue to conduct research in the field of robotics, but some of its activities will now be taken over by other divisions.