Google acquires BumpTop (with video)

Google has acquired BumpTop. Here’s the message from the BumpTop site, verbatim:

Dear BumpTop fans,

More than three years ago, we set out to completely change the way people use their desktops. 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.

For the next week, we’re keeping BumpTop Free available for download at bumptop.com/download to give BumpTop fans one last chance to grab a copy.

Existing BumpTop Pro users should visit bumptop.com/pro for more information.

Thanks again for all your support over the years. Despite our change in strategy, we remain as passionate as ever about helping shape the future of computing!

Sincerely,

The Bumps

April 30th 2010

MacDailyNews Note: Here’s a YouTube video showing a BumpTop 3D Desktop Prototype:

Direct link to video via YouTube here.

44 Comments

  1. Another Beta for Google Labs. Great.

    Looking at the demo video, I have to admit that it seems like a concept that’s not particularly helpful. There’s a slight “cool factor”, but it’s not like it does anything that I don’t already do with folders – and since it changes the orientation of icons so that they look like they’re physical documents strewn about my desk, it makes it harder to see what something actually is at a glance.

    Just because that’s how it works with paper doesn’t mean the machine should copy it. It’s authentic, which means it’s authentically inferior.

    On the other hand, that makes it easy to understand why Google would buy it.

  2. In watching the video, I found it amusing how their idea of organizing a bunch of files was to move them into a cluttered pile. I tried one of these 3D desktops some years ago, and I just never saw the point of it. It’s one of things that just shouldn’t be done even though you “can” do it. I see no tangible benefit, especially for the extra amount of processing power this would require.

  3. Watching this video there is a huge cool factor.. But when thinking like in web design… usually… less is more. And this being a desktop app, how CPU intensive is this? And though google now owns it.. makes me wonder if they will incorporate this into android. Which would kinda be cool I guess though im sure battery life would suffer.

  4. This has to be the stupidest thing that I have seen in a while. Replacing our messy desktop with a messy desktop on the computer is completely useless. I swear, Google get’s more like Microsoft everyday. I think it’s time to let the CEO go…..

  5. @Nerd Beautiful
    Now, if you had a forum name that made you sound like a hot chick, you would have already received at least two synopses and several not-so-veiled invitations to drop by for a personal account.

    In a nutshell, Steve Jobs is on the cover of Time, the Flash controversy rages on with Steve dominating Adobe in a full nelson, Apple is shutting down Lala, and the entities involves in the theft of the iPhone 4G prototype are feeling even more heat.

    That, of course, is only the technical topping to the core MDN forum extreme political commentary.

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