It seems Google
is on the acquisition warpath again, because the search giant has just snapped up another small unknown and imaginations are already running wild just thinking about the possibilities.
The newest company to get swallowed up: Pittsburgh Pattern Recognition, or PittPatt. The company started at Carnegie Mellon University's Robotics Institute in the 1990s, and now it seems that Google is looking to them for a boost in their computer vision technology. Already in use with Image Search, YouTube, Picasa, and Goggles, an enhanced image recognition background could place the company's applications a step ahead of everything else out there.
According to the team: "We will continue to tap the potential of computer vision in applications that range from simple photo organization to complex video and mobile applications."
It's no real secret where this technology is headed. The company already has a long history item recognition software like Google Goggles, and as is shoots to get smarter and improve Android / Chrome OS, it is to be expected that the expertise gained here will make an impact in short order.
So, what apps may get upgraded based on this new acquisition?