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Google has bought a start-up that develops gesture-recognition software.
Flutter, founded three years ago in San Francisco, detects simple hand signals via webcam, using them to control apps such as iTunes and Netflix.
The acquisition has caused speculation that Google will integrate the technology, used by some of its rivals, into its ranges of Chromebook laptops and Nexus handheld devices.
The search giant has not released any details of the deal.Google Acquires Gesture-Recognition Software Company, Flutter [bbc.co.uk]
"Today, we are thrilled to announce that we will be continuing our research at Google," the statement read.
"We're excited to add their rocket fuel to our journey."