Google picks up design firm Gecko Design for top secret X lab

Summary:Some of Gecko Design's previous clients in tech include Dell, Hewlett-Packard, Fitbit, Logitech, and Slingmedia.

Google is closing out the week with a new acquisition being wrapped up.

The Mountain View, Calif.-based corporation is buying Gecko Design Inc., a product and industrial design firm based nearby in Silicon Valley.

Some of Gecko Design's previous clients in tech consist of Dell, Hewlett-Packard, Fitbit, Logitech, and Slingmedia.

A few of the more familiar items in the Gecko portfolio include Fitbit's clip-on calorie counter and the $100 "One Laptop Per Child" model.

The Gecko Design team confirmed the merger in a short announcement on its website on Friday.

Jacques Gagne, president and owner of Gecko Designs, revealed in the memo that his firm will be merged into the top-secret Google X department, the moonshot lab that has borne revolutionary projects from the self-driving car to Google Glass.

Gagne didn't give too much more away, only to say that there he and his colleagues will continue working on "cutting edge projects."

Financial terms of the deal have not been disclosed.

Topics: Start-Ups, Google, Mobility, Tech Industry, Developer


Rachel King is a staff writer for CBS Interactive based in San Francisco, covering business and enterprise technology for ZDNet, CNET and SmartPlanet. She has previously worked for The Business Insider,, CNN's San Francisco bureau and the U.S. Department of State. Rachel has also written for, Irish Americ... Full Bio

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