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Google Acquires Gesture Recognition Firm Flutter

by Todd Haselton | October 3, 2013October 3, 2013 7:00 am PDT


Google recently acquired a small three-year old firm called Flutter, which specializes in developing gesture recognition technology.

The company’s application, also called Flutter, is available for Mac and Windows machines and allows you to use gestures to control your computer. Similar to competing tech, it uses the computer’s webcam to recognize your gestures and execute commands, and it works with specific applications including iTunes, Spotify, Chrome, QuickTime and more. The technology sounds similar to what we’ve seen in Microsoft’s Xbox Kinect controller, though without the need for that bulky accessory. Leap Motion also provides gesture controls on a computer, though when we tested it earlier this year we found it still wasn’t ready for daily use.

Google did not disclose how much it paid for the firm, though told AllThingsD┬áit is “impressed by the Flutter team’s ability to design new technology based on cutting-edge research.” We’re not sure what Google plans to do with Flutter yet, though the possibilities for mobile, desktop and even TV use are endless.

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Todd Haselton

Todd Haselton has been writing professionally since 2006 during his undergraduate days at Lehigh University. He started out as an intern with...