Word on the streets of Israel is that Facebook is close to the acquisition of Pebbles Interfaces, a gesture control technology startup, reports Calcalist (in Hebrew). Another report from TheMarker (also in Hebrew) pegs the price at around $60 million. (**Update:** the WSJ just confirmed the deal)
Pebbles was founded in 2010 and was backed by at least $11 million in funding from the likes of Xiaomi, SanDisk, Robert Bosch Venture Capital GmbH and Giza.
This is Pebbles' description from LinkedIn:
"We are Pebbles Interfaces. We are here to revolutionize the way people interact with the digital world.
Our technology provides an entirely new meaning to simple and natural human gestures, by unifying the interfaces on any device or platform, be it a smartphone, PC, smart TV, or even a coffee table surface — from any distance.
Following our vision — to naturally interface with every object, real or virtual — Pebbles presents a technology that extends human behavior, enabling simple and intuitive interaction with any consumer electronic device."