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Google buys human-gesture recognition start-up Flutter

Google buys human-gesture recognition start-up Flutter

Google has bought a start-up that develops gesture-recognition software.

Flutter, founded three years ago in San Francisco, detects simple hand signals via webcam, using them to control apps such as iTunes and Netflix.

The acquisition has caused speculation that Google will integrate the technology, used by some of its rivals, into its ranges of Chromebook laptops and Nexus handheld devices.

The search giant has not released any details of the deal.

Gesture-recognition technology is widely used in gaming consoles, such as Nintendo's Wii and Microsoft's Xbox Kinect.

It is also used in some smart TVs, and Samsung recently introduced gesture recognition for its Galaxy S4 smartphone.

The phone's Air Gesture technology allows users to scroll through web pages, accept calls, and control music by waving their hands.

Read more on www.bbc.co.uk

Advanced Company Software's Thoughts:
Google will look to try and incorporate this software into their next generation of nexus devices. Samsung already has the beginnings of this with the previewing of photos. They have always tried to incorporate cutting edge technology in it's Nexus devices as showpieces of what can be done with Android.