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Motorola Mobility Acquires Viewdle, Bolstering Image and Gesture Recognition

Now that Google owns Motorola Mobility, Moto seems to have taken on the strategy of acquiring businesses to make their products amazing. Today Motorola has announced that they are taking on the Ukraine company Viewdle to make use of their awesome image and gesture recognition software. 

The rumor mill is spinning about this one, and says that Viewdle has been in talks to be acquired for a while. Once by Google in 2008 and then by Motorola in 2011, but Google decided to snatch up Moto at that time instead. Numbers aren’t being discussed but people think this purchase set Motorola back about $30 to $45 million.

The software that Viewdle is working on looks to be pretty cool and could change the way that you interact with your phone. If anything, it should bring much better facial recognition to camera apps, similarly to what Samsung has done. Would you like to see some of these features in a Motorola phone in the future?

Via: TechCrunch

  • jnt

    Please don’t over-gimmick your devices, Moto, like Samsung has done… keep things in balance.

  • RoadsterHD1

    This looks real cool. I can’t wait.

  • wm snyder

    Well yes, more tech please!

  • Stephen D

    I forgot how nice the Droid 3 looked. It’s a shame Moto never cared about it.

  • SolipsisticPsychologist

    Another commercial where men are portrayed as morons, and it takes a woman to control the bumbling dumb man. When will the feminazi cliche go away?

    But the tech looks very interesting, and relating to the television features, it instantly made me think of the Xbox 360’s Kinect. I love using Kinect to control everything on my 360, it’s like experiencing something you saw in sci-fi movies, just ten or fifteen years ago. I love to bring up the voice function on it, and have the Xbox search for messed up things that I say.

    But, as a word of warning to any Kinect users, Microsoft will collect data on things you say when using Kinect’s voice functions. Unless you log into your account at the Xbox website, and go into your privacy settings on the site, and turn off the setting that says something like “It’s okay for Microsoft to collect aggregate voice data from me while I use Kinect”. I never truly believe that any of this data collecting (aka- harvesting, mining), is really anonymous or aggregate. Just thought I would pass that tid bit of information along, because I didn’t this right away, until I was messing around in the settings in my account one day.

  • br_hermon

    So Moto bought them out. I thought Google was trying to buy them out. So rather than this software getting worked into Android, it will get into Moto handsets only.

    • Royal2000H

      But Google owns Moto…

  • Viciousking1914

    so it turns your phone into a portable XBox Kinect?

    • JoshGroff

      Dang, apparently. That’s pretty neat honestly.

  • SchwannyT

    Yes but imagine that in you google glass. Look at someone and see names and g+ posts? A shiver just ran down my spine…..

    • michael arazan

      omg, it’ll be like the terminator, and i’ll bet a terminator app too for the google glasses. Or a Predator app, or a boba fett app for his bounty hunter glass peice on his helmet that comes down, the possibilities are endless.

  • Michael_NM

    Bionic owners have a gesture for Moto, but I doubt they need help recognizing it.

    • JoshGroff

      I dunno, after .902 the Bionic was pretty awesome. Granted it took forever to get to that point, but I’ve had worse experiences with phones. Namely the HTC Sensation on release day. I guess rushing Sense 3.0 on top of at the time the latest android version (GB) called for some bugs though.

  • ddevito

    Google: All of your Face are Belong to Us :p

    • +100

    • wm snyder

      If your face has round corners they belong to Apple! Lol!

  • Travis Shepherd

    is that a bionic? I thought they were extinct. lol