Google goes 3D with acquisition of BumpTop

4 May 2010

Google’s plans to become an even bigger force in the computing world are becoming clearer now that the company has acquired BumpTop, the creator of a 3D desktop system that runs on top of Windows and Mac OS X.

“More than three years ago, we set out to completely change the way people use their desktops,” the company’s founders said in a note on their website.

“We’re very grateful for all your support over that time — not just financially but also through all the encouraging messages from people who found BumpTop inspiring, useful and just downright fun.

“Today, we have a big announcement to make: we’re excited to announce that we’ve been acquired by Google! This means that BumpTop (for both Windows and Mac) will no longer be available for sale. Additionally, no updates to the products are planned,” said the founders, who called themselves The Bumps.

The acquisition of a 3D desktop system is another step in the direction that Google is definitely heading in.

After swiftly becoming a force in the mobile world with Android, which is selling at the rate of 60,000 a day, Google plans to become a force in the computer hardware world. Its first Chrome-based netbook is due out in the coming months and in recent weeks Intel demonstrated Android running on its Atom processor.

A future computing world where ads can be streamed to users’ desktops or a myriad of computing devices beyond the smartphone is compelling.

By John Kennedy

Photo: A look at a BumpTop desktop

John Kennedy is a journalist who served as editor of Silicon Republic for 17 years