Google has acquired robotics engineering company Boston Dynamics. That includes BigDog, a motorized robot that can handle ice and snow as documented in a video that garnered widespread internet popularity. News of the deal was reported on Friday by The New York Times, which says that the Massachusetts-based companys role in future Google projects is currently unclear, but that it joins the seven other robotics companies Google has picked up this year. Boston Dynamics began as a spinoff from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 1992, and quickly started working on projects for the military. In a tweet, Googles Andry Rubin — who formerly ran Googles Android division — said the future is looking awesome.