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Google acquires Flutter, the Kinect for Mac OS X

Google has just acquired Flutter, a company which develops gesture-based technology to control PCs through web-cams.

The company offers Flutter app  for both Mac and PCs. The Mac OS app called itself ‘Kinect for OS X’ as a user can perform a lot of tasks through the web-cam. It allows users to pause, play, skip songs and videos in players like VLC, YouTube, Netflix just by using the gestures in front of the webcam.

The basic idea of the app was to control multi-media applications, but Google’s acquisition of app may take it outside the multi-media arena.

What Google will do with the app is uncertain, what’s concrete is that the technology will be deployed in Google’s Chrome browser, mainly targeting the Chromebooks. We have already seen the way Google has integrated Nik Software with Chrome browser bringing the same capabilities to the browser.

Google has not made any official statement on the purchase yet, but the Flutter site has posted this message:

When we started three years ago, our dream to build a ubiquitous and power-efficient gesture recognition technology was considered by many as just “a dream”, not a real possibility. Since then, we have strived to build the best machine vision algorithms and a delightful user experience.

Even after we launched our first app, we didn’t stop our research; your enthusiasm and support pushed us to continue to do better. We’re inspired everyday when we hear, for example, that Flutter makes you feel like a superhero — because any sufficiently advanced technology should be indistinguishable from magic, right?

Today, 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.

We’d like to extend a special thank you to all of our users; your feedback and evangelism inspire us every day. Flutter users will be able to continue to use the app, and stay tuned for future updates.

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Soon you won’t have to ‘touch’ your Chromebook.

Swapnil Bhartiya

A free software fund-a-mental-ist and Charles Bukowski fan, Swapnil also writes fiction and tries to find cracks in the paper armours of proprietary companies. Swapnil has been covering Linux and Free Software/Open Source since 2005.

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