A $12 million robotics arm built by Google is just a pile of scrap metal, a source familiar with the company’s plans told Vice News.
Bionic Armel, which was announced last week, is designed to work on robotic arms that can perform tasks such as lifting heavy objects or picking up small objects, and will be able to perform tasks with higher levels of precision, according to the source.
It will also be able “to be integrated into other robotic arms in the future, such as for use in mining operations,” the source said.
Google announced Bionic Arms last year and then revealed it was actually building a version of the device, known as Bionic, for the U.S. military.
The company’s first prototype, Bionic 2, was developed at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
It uses a modified version of a 3D printer and a robotic arm that is equipped with sensors and actuators.
It’s unclear if Bionic 3 will use a 3-D printer, or if Google will actually build a 3rd version of Bionic.
Google didn’t immediately respond to a request for comment.
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