Google buys into multi-touch, is an iPad-killing tablet next?
Google are buying up lots of interesting companies at the moment, as they continue their quest to rule the galaxy and develop their Mekon-sized brains. According to Gigaom, they've just bought Bumptop, a start-up that specialises in multi-touch 3D-style desktop software. Pinch and zoom, shuffle and trim, sweep items into tidy piles or leave your desktop looking like a teenager's bedroom - it's powerful and impressive stuff:
There have been persistent rumours of Google developing an Android-powered tablet for mainstream market; if they can bundle this type of interface into a tablet and are prepared to promote it, they may well deal the iPad a serious blow before it has a chance to become established in what will quickly become a crowded market.