Google Acquires Bump, A Startup That Enables Devices To Wirelessly Share Data

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    Google acquires Bump, a startup that enables devices to wirelessly share data | The Verge (click for full article)

    A popular app found a bumpy road to building a real business

    By Ben Popper on September 16, 2013 12:25 pm

    -- In a blog post today, Bump CEO and founder David Lieb announced that his company had been acquired by Google. Bump builds a set of proprietary technologies that allow devices to share data. The selling point is that users can exchange photos or contacts by simply bumping their phones together. What makes Bump different is that this transfer of data is not enabled by near-field-communication, or NFC, which is what normally powers this kind of exchange.

    "There are two parts to Bump: the app running on your device and a smart-matching algorithm running on our servers in the cloud," the company explains in its FAQ. "The app on your phone uses the phone's sensors to literally 'feel' the bump, and it sends that info up to the cloud. The matching algorithm listens to the bumps from phones around the world and pairs up phones that felt the same bump. Then we just route information between the two phones in each pair."

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