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Flutter (American company)

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Flutter Ltd.
Company typeSubsidiary
IndustryPC, Mobile, Internet, Gestures
GenreMusic, Photo, Video
Founded2010; 14 years ago (2010)
FounderNavneet Dalal, Mehul Nariyawala
ProductsFlutter App
OwnerAlphabet Inc.

Flutter is a gesture recognition technology startup based in San Francisco, California, United States. Founded by Navneet Dalal and Mehul Nariyawala, the company received early-stage funding from Y Combinator and was acquired by Google in October 2013.



The company's first product, Flutter App, allowed users to control apps such as iTunes, Spotify, VLC, and QuickTime using hand gestures. The app utilizes gesture recognition technology that works with the webcam on a user's computer.[1][2] Instead of requiring separate hardware, such as Microsoft’s Kinect, Flutter makes use of the built-in webcam to recognize the gestures of a person's hands between one and six feet away.

The program does not require expensive hardware and is not designed for large movements, such as those used when playing video games—this limits its use to navigational duties. The company plans to achieve profit by licensing the technology to software companies that can then integrate Flutter into their own apps.[3]

Nariyawala stated: "Flutter wants to power the eyes of our devices—in the same way that Siri functions as the iPhone’s ears."[4] Flutter was acquired by Google in October 2013 for US$40 million.[5]


  1. ^ Levy, Steven (March 27, 2012). "Look Ma, No Trackpad! Flutter Lets You Control Your Mac With Gestures". Wired. Retrieved March 27, 2012.
  2. ^ Metz, Rachel. "Hold Your Hand Up to Play Some Music". MIT Tech Review. Retrieved April 3, 2012.
  3. ^ Portnoy, Sean. "Startup Flutter brings Kinect-like gesture controls to your Mac - ZDNet". ZDNet. Archived from the original on March 31, 2012.
  4. ^ COLLEEN TAYLOR (March 26, 2012). "Flutter: The YC Startup That Wants To Put The World's Webcams To Good Use". TechCrunch. AOL Inc. Retrieved October 8, 2013.
  5. ^ "Google buys human-gesture recognition start-up Flutter". BBC News. October 3, 2013. Retrieved October 5, 2013.