Google acquiring gesture recognition tech startup Flutter

Google acquiring gesture recognition tech startup Flutter

Summary: Naturally, Google's new purchase has everyone buzzing about whether or not the new tech is going into everything from the Nexus 5 to Glass.

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Google has bought a startup that produces gesture recognition technology that controls popular apps via webcam.

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Flutter, a San Francisco-based startup backed by the likes of Andreessen Horowitz and Y Combinator, launched approximately 18 months ago to develop gesture recognition technology for Mac and Windows apps.

Some of the apps that can be controlled by Flutter's solutions include YouTube, Pandora, Grooveshark, and Netflix.

With Google as the new owner, presumably some sort of Android and/or Chrome support is on the agenda.

Flutter CEO Navneet Dalal confirmed the news in a blog post on Wednesday, remarking that his team "will be continuing our research at Google."

Naturally, Google's new purchase has everyone buzzing about whether or not the new tech is going into everything from the Nexus 5 to Glass.

But neither Flutter leadership nor the Internet giant itself have revealed how or where the Flutter portfolio will be integrated.

Financial terms of the deal have also not been disclosed.

Screenshot via Flutter

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

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  • Talk to the hand, Rachel.

    Based on your included "How Flutter Works" graphics, I just couldn't resist. Grin.
    kenosha77a
  • Gestures are overrated

    My Kinect is collecting dust and it's so much easier to touch a screen or a trackpad than wave my hand in front of a camera. Perhaps there's a practical use case that I'm not thinking of right now, but I cannot imagine gestures being used much in the real world.
    NitzMan
  • I guess the delays will be the big thing...

    Given so many folk 'think' they are against touch technology this would seem a pointless acquisition. I guess Google are hoping to sway folks preconceptions and get them into a new frame of mind. Me.. I'd rather touch the screen BUT I imagine this could be useful in presentations once they get rid of the lag, and get it accurate. I can almost visualise the waving of crossed arms rapidly as 'abort', forget the last command; followed by a lunge at the keyboard. Could all be pretty embarrassing, and funny!
    johnmckay