Google strengthens hardware expertise by acquiring Gecko Design


Gecko Design is an 18-year-old product design/engineering firm that has done work for Dell, H-P, Logitech, and Herman Miller, among others. As usual, Google (GOOG - unchanged) hasn't disclosed an acquisition price.

Gecko will be joining Sergey Brin's secretive Google X unit. Google X projects for which Gecko's hardware skills could be of value include Glass (still awaiting a full commercial launch) and Google's self-driving car effort.

Google has already been working with eyewear vendors to make Glass more aesthetically pleasing (and less conspicuous). Meanwhile, the company showed off its first internally-designed self-driving car prototypes in May; they have no steering wheels or pedals.

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  • Old Tech
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    What hardware expertise? Their most successful hardware product is the ChromeCast and Marvell Tech makes that.
    22 Aug 2014, 04:28 PM Reply Like
  • gattopazzo
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    Well well....
    22 Aug 2014, 05:28 PM Reply Like
  • Hardog
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    Not sure why they bought it should have just subcontracted work.
    26 Aug 2014, 10:58 PM Reply Like
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