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Google Acquires Webcam Gesture Recognition Startup Flutter

Google has acquired gesture recognition startup Flutter, which takes input via a computer webcam rather than a dedicated device, in order to control programs like Spotify, iTunes, VLC and Quicktime. In its announcement of the deal on its homepage, Flutter said it would continue its research at Google and keep its own app up and running. The company was backed with $1.4 million from Andreessen Horowitz, NEA, Spring Ventures and Y Combinator. A Google spokesperson said, “We’re really impressed by the Flutter team’s ability to design new technology based on cutting-edge research.”


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I think the NSA has a job to do and we need the NSA. But as (physicist) Robert Oppenheimer said, “When you see something that is technically sweet, you go ahead and do it and argue about what to do about it only after you’ve had your technical success. That is the way it was with the atomic bomb.”

— Phil Zimmerman, PGP inventor and Silent Circle co-founder, in an interview with Om Malik