Gecko Design announced Friday that it has been acquired by Google for an undisclosed amount. Gecko will be joining the Google X division to work on what the company terms “moon shot” projects, the most notable of which being Google Glass and those zany driverless cars.
“This is an incredible opportunity for everyone at Gecko,” wrote Gecko’s President, Jacques Gagne, as part of the announcement. “We are very excited and honored to join Google(x) and work on a variety of cutting edge projects.”
Gecko is known for its design work with Fitbit, Hewlett Packard, Dell, and Logitech, so it’s obvious they’ll lend quite a bit of hardware experience to the Google X team. That said, with ATAP helping build robots with NASA for the International Space Station, it’s still a tossup as to which is the cooler division within Google.
[source] Gecko Design, CNET [/source]
Douglas has spent the past ten years writing about and building mobile technology. Getting his start building apps and digital communities for mobile software developers prior to the web 2.0 boom, Douglas leveraged this experience as one of the founding employees for a new media startup focused on mobile tech, running notable publications BlackBerry Cool and QuicklyBored. Douglas spent the next three years building RIM’s blogging program as part of their nascent social media team, before scratching the startup itch again, this time with digital conferences and then mobile gifting apps.