Google buys Canadian 3D desktop software startup

May 3, 2010
A visitor walks past the logo of internet search engine giant Google at a trade fair. Bump Technologies told fans of its 3D desktop computer software on Monday that it has been bought by Google.

Bump Technologies told fans of its 3D desktop computer software on Monday that it has been bought by Google.

The Canada-based startup is behind BumpTop, a program crafted to make computer screens appear more similar to real desktops where boxes can be moved or stacked using gestures or a stylus.

"More than three years ago, we set out to completely change the way people use their desktops," Bump said in a message on its website.

"We're excited to announce that we've been acquired by Google!"

Financial terms of the deal were not disclosed.

The acquisition sparked speculation over whether planned to fuse Bump technology with Android to imbue mobile gadgets such as tablet computers with 3D capabilities.

BumpTop was created by a University of Toronto student as a masters thesis project.

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