Google purchases start-up Flutter

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Google all of a Flutter

Google has confirmed the purchase of Flutter, a San Francisco based start-up specialising in human gesture recognition.

Navneet Dalal, the CEO of Flutter posted a statement to confirm that Google had purchased the company, commenting:

"We're inspired everyday when we hear 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."

What is Flutter?

Flutter was voted as one of the very best apps of 2012, and has received numerous positive reviews from high profile players within the technology industry, including Wired and TechCrunch. The app allows users to control their device through hand gestures, making use of webcams to monitor movements.

It can be used with many of the most popular online applications, with Spotify, Netflix, iTunes all boasting Flutter compatibility, while the app can also be used to control the most popular web browsers such as Google Chrome and Firefox.

This purchase follows a string of acquisitions from Google, including mapping service Waze and news summariser Wavii. While no details are yet known regarding the price paid by Google or what they intend to do with the service, speculation suggestions that human gesture recognition could be integrated into Google Chromebook tablets. Whatever the future for Flutter, it will certainly be exciting to see how Google uses this advanced technology.

Natalie Booth, head of search at theEword remarked: "The Hummingbird update has shown the importance that Google is placing on ensuring their services remain intuitive and user-friendly. Flutter clearly fits in to Google's passion for moving with the times and keeping up with the latest developments, and I certainly believe that there is an exciting future ahead for this forward thinking start-up."