Google subsidiary Motorola Mobility has acquired Viewdle, an image recognition company. This is what a Motorola spokesperson said about the acquisition: “Motorola Mobility today announced that it has acquired Viewdle, a leading imaging & gesture recognition company. Motorola and Viewdle have an existing commercial agreement and have been collaborating for some time. Terms of the transaction were not disclosed.”
Viewdle is a facial recognition company that has raised $10 million in Series B funding from Best Buy, Qualcomm, and BlackBerry Partners Fund. Best Buy’s Kuk Yi and John Albright are both joining Viewdle’s board of directors as part of this funding round. Viewdle will use the financing to launch new consumer products. Viewdle researched facial technology for about 15 years and spent 3 years in commercial productization. [TechCrunch]
“Viewdle’s unique facial recognition technology is the most reliable and user-friendly video search product I have ever seen. KIT Capital’s investment in Viewdle is in line with our strategic goal of creating a best-in-class ecosystem of IPTV enablement for corporate clients in international markets — where we see higher growth rates for online video. We believe that ROO’s partnership with Viewdle will be a key competitive differentiator for both companies,” stated Isaza Tuzman, CEO of ROO.
Viewdle’s proprietary video facial recognition technology has attracted KIT Capital to provide them with an undisclosed amount of funding. Through the deal, Viewdle will be partnering with ROO. ROO is an online video advertising network. ROO will have access to Viewdle’s technology. According to TechCrunch, Reuters currently uses Viewdle to identify the people in their video archives.
Below is a sample of Viewdle’s technology being used:
Reuters calls the Viewdle-powered feature, Search-in-Video. The URL for the feature is: http://reuters.viewdle.com/searchm.