Google buys gesture-recognition company

Google has bought a start-up in gesture-recognition software.

Flutter, founded three years ago in the US, detects simple hand signals via webcam, allowing users to control apps such as iTunes and Netflix.

The acquisition has led to speculation that Google will integrate the technology into its ranges of Chromebook laptops and Nexus tablets.

Gesture-recognition technology is widely used in gaming consoles, such as Nintendo’s Wii-U and Microsoft’s Xbox Kinect, and is also becoming increasingly deployed in smart TVs.

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