YouTube/ MekaRoboticsVideosGoogle has acquired 182 companies to date, a lot of which specialize in some crazy stuff.
With a market cap of roughly $436 billion, Google has dipped its toe in just about everything. From music streaming (via their 2014 acquisition of Songza) to child-friendly apps (via the Launchpad Toys acquisition in February), Google seemingly has it all with no sign of slowing down.
The 10 biggest acquisitions Google has made totaled more than $24 billion, and that's considering most of the financial details behind Google's nearly 200 acquisitions have never been released.
Most of the acquisitions listed here will be under the purview of Alphabet, which will become Google's new holding company. This isn't surprising, since Alphabet is basically designed to oversee Google's more ambitious projects while Google manages the core products.
Here's a list of the 10 craziest companies Google has acquired thus far (hint: get ready for a lot of robots).
THRIVE Audio creates headphones that provide "3D audio"
What they do: THRIVE is a company that was born out of Trinity College Dublin's engineering department that creates headphones that let you experience 3D audio. It's hard to conceptualize 3D audio, but essentially it reacts to a listener's movements in virtual scenario, accounting for height, depth, and distance.
When it was acquired: April 16, 2015 (same day as Tilt Brush)
What it integrates with: Like Tilt Brush, THRIVE integrates with Google Cardboard so that you can experience surround sound in virtual reality.
It's been reported Google bought this artificial intelligence startup DeepMind Technologies for more than $400 million
Google DeepMind's artificial intelligence learned to play Space Invader, above, in 30 minutes.Associated Press/ Screenshot
What they do: Founded in 2010, DeepMind Technologies was acquired by Google in 2014 to create Google DeepMind. DeepMind specializes in artificial intelligence, creating algorithms capable of learning games like Space Invader. In this case, the only instructions the algorithm was given was to maximize the score. It eventually became the best Space Invader player in the world.
Created by Demis Hassabis, a child chess prodigy turned artificial intelligence researcher, DeepMind's artificial intelligence technology is capable of mining social networks for patterns at record speeds and learning to play 49 Atari 2600 video games when given only minimal background information.
DeepMind has not released any products. But with Elon Musk and Peter Theil as investors, Google DeepMind is worth keeping an eye on.
When it was acquired: October 23, 2014. The same time Google acquired another artificial intelligence company, Vision Factory.
What it integrates with: Nothing. It was turned into its own thing. DeepMind Technologies was acquired to become Google DeepMind. Vision Factory integrates with Google DeepMind as well.
Google bought this company that plays a role in the creation of feature films like the third "Transformers" and "Star Trek Into Darkness"
Zync was used to render the special effects of "Star Trek Into Darkness."Paramount Pictures
What they do: Zync provides cloud-based rendering tools for visual effects companies. Zync used to run on an Amazon Web Services public cloud, making the acquisition a bit of a blow to Amazon. It initially started as a Boston-based startup.
When it was acquired: August 26, 2014.
What it integrates with: Google Cloud platform.
Google bought a company that creates solar-powered drones
What they do: Titan Aerospace develops drones that are intended to fly nonstop for years. For example, the Titan Aerospace Solara 50 has a wingspan of 150 feet and is equipped with 3,000 solar cells, which can provide 7 kW of electricity to stay airborne for five years.
Google has not talked publicly about how much they bought the drone maker for, but Facebook was initially interested in offering $60 million for the company.
When it was acquired: April 14, 2014
What it integrates with: Titan assists Google with a variety of projects, from collecting aerial photos of the planet to beaming internet to parts of the world that aren't connected as part of Google's Project Loon.
Google took steps toward smart home technology with Nest
What they do: The company is primarily known for its smart thermostat that can be controlled by your phone from anywhere. Nest will learn a user's behavior to adjust and save money. The company also creates a smart fire detector and a smart home security camera.
When it was acquired: Google acquired Nest January 13, 2014 for $3.2 billion.
What they integrate with: Nest will operate as a separate business under Alphabet.
This company is best known for bringing the effect of weightlessness in the Oscar-winning film "Gravity"
What they do: Bot & Dolly is a design and engineering studio that creates the software and hardware that controls industrial robots. They combine their massive robotic arms with custom software for movies and other entertainment installations.
To create the effect of weightlessness in Gravity, Bot & Dolly used a seven-axis, motion-controlled robot dubbed Iris. The 3,000-pound robots were shipped on a cargo plane to London, where they moved around actress Sandra Bullock in a way that matched computer-generated sequences of a spacecraft interior or of a spacesuit hurtling toward earth, Bloomberg reported.
The computer-generated sequences were made by Bot & Dolly and visual effects company Framestore.
When it was acquired: December 7, 2013. It was acquired alongside Bot & Dolly's design firm Autofuss.
What they integrate with: Google X
Google bought the maker of robots designed to work in everyday environments
What they do: Meka is best known for its Meka M1 Mobile Manipulator robot (pictured here), a humanoid robot with dexterous arms that can perform everyday tasks. It also created the Dreamer, a super cute robot with expressive eyes and ears (the eyes were inspired by anime and the ears by puppies). The Dreamer was designed to work around people.
When it was acquired: Meka, at the time, was a joint venture with a company called Redwood Robotics (the venture also included Willow Garage, a robotics research lab, and SRI, an artificial intelligence research company). Both Meka and Redwood Robotics were acquired December 5, 2013 and December 3, 2013, respectively.
What they integrate with: You probably guessed it, Google X.
Google acquired this private company from Japan that builds robots capable of climbing ladders
What they do: SCHAFT is a private company born out of Tokyo that created a robot that won the DARPA Robotics Challenge in 2013. The 209-pound bipedal robot is capable of driving, traversing over rough terrain, and climbing a ladder.
When it was acquired: December 2, 2013.
Who they integrate with: Google X