There were rumors of Google being in the process of acquiring the Viewdle, a Silicon Valley company that builds face, object, and gesture recognition technology for mobile devices firm. Turns out those rumors were true. Google’s Motorola Mobility unit just announced that it has indeed acquired the company.
From existing tech like Face Unlock and Google Goggles to patent filings and Project Glass, it’s clear that Google sees augmented reality and image recognition as the future of computing. Previous to this acquisition, a source close to the company told the folks at TechCrunch earlier this week, Viewdle had already been in acquisition talks with Google around 2008. While we don’t know how much MMI paid for Viewdle, the rumor says it’s between $30 million and $45 million.
Viewdle was founded in Ukraine in 2006 and still keeps a considerable presence there, but the company is now headquartered in Silicon Valley.