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Google Acquires Flutter And Its Gesture Technology
Posted By Shawn Hessinger On October 13, 2013 @ 4:00 pm In Technology Trends | 12 Comments
Imagine you could flip through Web pages, play videos or scroll down important documents with a simple hand gesture. A free download called Flutter  for both Apple and Windows gives a glimpse of how gesture technology could improve productivity.
For now, Flutter allows  you to use gestures to control your video on YouTube and Netflix and music on Spotify, iTunes, Grooveshark and Pandora. The app uses the built in webcam on your desktop to read simple hand gestures for starting or stopping music or video.
Here’s a brief demonstration:
Flutter announced being acquired by Google last week. TechCrunch estimates  the deal could be worth around $40 million.
Writing about the acquisition on the official Flutter website, CEO Navneet Dalal explains :
“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.”
It is uncertain yet whether the Flutter team will go on developing and upgrading the company’s existing product or bake their technology in to Google products like Google Glass, for example.
But the acquisition is proof again that development of a single useful and revolutionary tool can catapult a small startup to a huge payoff.
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 Flutter: https://flutterapp.com/home/
 allows: http://flutterapp.tumblr.com/post/38511802105/control-youtube-pandora-grooveshark-netflix-in
 estimates: http://techcrunch.com/2013/10/02/google-acquires-yc-backed-flutter-a-gesture-recognition-technology-startup/
 explains: https://flutterapp.com/
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 Leap Motion: https://www.leapmotion.com/
 Omek Interactive: http://www.omekinteractive.com/