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Google acquires Gecko Design, a mechanical engineering design shop

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Google acquires Gecko Design, a mechanical engineering design shop
Gecko Design is a small boutique-type outfit that has touched a lot of mobile and high tech products we are very familiar with. Based in Los Gatos, California, Gecko assists companies develop their consumer electronic products prior to manufacture.

Are you familiar with the class leading Jawbone Bluetooth earpiece? Gecko bridged the gap between the concept Aliph envisioned, and the final design which made its debut in 2006.  HP’s all-in-one computer systems which provide a smartly packaged home design with touch functionality, are also part of Gecko’s portfolio. If you are into gaming, you may have seen or used the Logitech 2.4 joystick.

FitBit is one of the more popular health and fitness tracking products on the market today. All the mechanical design into that tiny package was made possible by Gecko. You can see where this is going, and it becomes easy to see why Google bought the company, where it, and its five employees will be folded under Google’s research arm, Google X.

Gecko’s founder, Jacques Gagné said that his company’s forte in helping clients go from concept to reality is what attracted Google, “People come to Gecko because they don’t know how to turn ideas into real products, especially when it’s something that hasn’t been done before.”

Gecko began working with Google X in 2013 on an undisclosed project, and that is what started the talks about having Gecko join the Google X team. No financial terms were disclosed. Google can only benefit from the expertise that the Gecko team brings in the picture. The search giant has been bringing on more expertise lately to help make some products more pleasing (like Glass).

However, as the company brings more consumer level products to market that actually involve making something, such as Android TV, Gecko’s mechanical design and understanding of everything from layout, to lithography, machining, inspections, compliance, and more, will enable to make all its moonshot ideas a bit more palatable. “We’re a piece that Google X doesn’t necessarily have,” said Gagné.

source: The Wall Street Journal

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posted on 24 Aug 2014, 02:01

8. rihel_95 (Posts: 229; Member since: 21 Mar 2012)


PA plz block "arenanew" coz he is using slangs in Hindi in comments 3 and 4. Don't know what pissed him off about google.

posted on 24 Aug 2014, 07:15

19. Ashoaib (Posts: 2371; Member since: 15 Nov 2013)


where are comments 3 &4?

posted on 24 Aug 2014, 09:24

23. Mxyzptlk (Posts: 4014; Member since: 21 Apr 2012)


Well there's no shortage of things to list.

posted on 24 Aug 2014, 13:07 1

29. tedkord (Posts: 5107; Member since: 17 Jun 2009)


Like beung more popular than any other mobile OS by a factor of 4. Or being called more innovative than other mobile device companies by various tech sources. Or having Wall Street show more confidence in them than competitors.

That a list of things that really get some people mad.

posted on 24 Aug 2014, 02:45

10. D.Lamore (Posts: 196; Member since: 15 Aug 2014)


Lol, arenanew can you tell us what happened between you and google cos you seem to be extremely mad at the company

posted on 24 Aug 2014, 04:14

15. rahul.niks (Posts: 69; Member since: 31 Oct 2013)


He is a troll, why giving attention to him

posted on 24 Aug 2014, 06:43

16. arenanew (Posts: 213; Member since: 30 Dec 2013)


google map get tight slap from india ministry defence . now they removing all those place . . as security point of being i belong to reputed family .So i never use google as search engine .

posted on 24 Aug 2014, 07:10

18. ihavenoname (Posts: 1498; Member since: 18 Aug 2013)


That doesn't make any sense.

posted on 24 Aug 2014, 08:24

20. Ashoaib (Posts: 2371; Member since: 15 Nov 2013)


what google search engine has to do with belonging to a reputed family? abusing google shows good reputation?? if you want to say something bad about google then there are many other words like garbage, trash etc but you are abusive... for your kind information, google maps is an application which show locations on this earth, if it also show the locations of indian defence ministry then whats wrong in it?? since those locations existed on this very same earth, not on jupiter or pluto right?... even if ministry has any objection, they can tell google not show those locations on the map bcoz it voilates the scretes, thats very plain and simple, instead of you being a crying baby... you used the language as if you were naked dancing there :p

posted on 24 Aug 2014, 09:16 2

22. AfterShock (Posts: 2889; Member since: 02 Nov 2012)


House boy.

You are nothing in the worlds eyes, enjoy that.

posted on 24 Aug 2014, 11:22 1

25. fireung (Posts: 1; Member since: 24 Aug 2014)


If you are from a reputed family then why is your english stinks like LetsBeHonest's missing underware

posted on 25 Aug 2014, 18:09

31. fireblade (Posts: 714; Member since: 27 Dec 2013)


what the hell are you talking about?

posted on 24 Aug 2014, 11:10

24. arenanew (Posts: 213; Member since: 30 Dec 2013)


google map is battery drainage poor offline . only youtube is ok rest all google service like pork beef

posted on 24 Aug 2014, 12:29

26. 0xFFFF (Posts: 3606; Member since: 16 Apr 2014)


Bad robot!

posted on 24 Aug 2014, 12:46

27. Ashoaib (Posts: 2371; Member since: 15 Nov 2013)


pork beef is not bad... but cow's beef is more delicious

posted on 24 Aug 2014, 17:54

30. Crispin_Gatieza (Posts: 200; Member since: 23 Jan 2014)


Pork beef? It's one or the other.

Pork is the best!!

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