Google buys Gecko Design to work in the division that made Google Glass

Douglas Soltys

August 22, 2014 6:35pm

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.