Google acquires a gesture-recognition startup
“Google is very much a not-invented-here, build-it-ourselves culture.”
It is likely that in the nearest future Google products like Glass, Android devices or new products will acquire kinect-like technology for the everyday average use. It has been announced that Google Corporation has acquired Flutter – a start up that was concentrated at gesture recognition methods and technologies, it was founded by Navneet Dalal and Mehul Nariyawala. Basically it is the app that detects gestures by means of web camera. It cost Google around $40 million to purchase Flutter.
This information has been confirmed on the company’s official website: “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,” Navneet Dalal, one of the co-founders, writes.” However, the app that has been released for Mac OS will still remain operational and will be updated/improved with time, whilst at the same time the team works for Google’s research.
Flutter was among YC winter class of 2012, and manage to raise more than $1.4 million from Andreessen Horowitz,NEA, and Spring Ventures, as well as other generous investors.
Personally I think that gesture technology is a huge leap forward in IT sphere. We can judge it by such services as Kinect from Microsoft or Leap motion. But Apple, meanwhile, remains neutral, but will not leave its new products out of this technology.
Finally, at this point it is not clear if Google will continue with continue support apps or will simply integrate it into software and hardware. The Google’s spokesman proclaimed: “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.”