Google boosts gesture controls with Flutter acquisition

04/10/2013

Google has bought webcam-based gesture recognition firm Flutter for an undisclosed sum, as the internet giant continues to move away from desktop computing to mobile and wearable technologies.

View a video demonstration of Flutter below:

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Flutter is best known for an app that allowed users to control media playback with simple gestures captured by their computer’s webcam.

The acquisition was announced on Flutter’s home page Wednesday afternoon with a post that read in part: “Today, we are thrilled to announce that we will be continuing our research at Google. We share Google’s passion for 10x thinking, and we’re excited to add their rocket fuel to our journey.”

Google also confirmed the acquisition, with a spokesperson saying:“We’re really impressed by the Flutter team’s ability to design new technology based on cutting-edge research. We look forward to supporting and collaborating on their research efforts at Google.”

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Flutter’s entire team of six employees will join Google in Mountain View. Flutter co-founders Mehul Nariyawala and Navneet Dalal both worked at Google after the company acquired their previous startup Like.com in 2010.


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