The other day we reported that according to the word on the street, Google was looking to acquire augmented reality/facial recognition company, Viewdle. Well as it turns out it’s true and Motorola has officially announced that the deal was successful and that Viewdle is now part of Google’s Motorola Unit. For those wondering how it ended up with Motorola, well it seems that Motorola was already in talks to acquire Viewdle before Google acquired them, and we guess the negotiations continued even after Google’s acquisition of Motorola.
“Motorola Mobility today announced that it has acquired Viewdle, a leading imaging & gesture recognition company,” a Motorola representative said in a statement. “Motorola and Viewdle have an existing commercial agreement and have been collaborating for some time.”
Not surprisingly the terms of the acquisition were not given although we have to wonder what Google has planned for them. It was suggested before that Viewdle’s facial recognition technology could be employed on some of Google’s services, such as Google+ and Picasa where Viewdle’s technology will help users tag their friends/family in photos more easily.
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