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Sensors could be put in a Smart TV offering

The magic inside Microsoft Corp.'s (MSFTKinect is a special image processor that takes video streams from multiple cameras and blends it together into a 3D spatial map -- mostly in hardware.  Microsoft actually didn't coming up with that chip itself -- it was devised by a relatively low-profile Israeli company called PrimeSense.

Apple, Inc. (AAPL) is reportedly being targeting the Israeli company for a potential acquisition, according to a report by Israeli newspaper Calcalist.

PrimeSense has to date raised $85M USD in venture capital according to Calcalist, which adds that the prospective sale price would be around $280M USD.  PrimeSense's investors include Canaan PartnersSilver Lake SumeruGemini Israel Funds, and Genesis Partners.

Kinect Sensor
Apple is interested in buying PrimeSense, the company behind the technology in the Xbox Kinect. [Image Source: semidoppel.com]

Apple already employs around 300 to 400 engineers in Israel at five small research and development facilities.  Apple also owns Anobit, an Israeli maker of chip controllers for flash storage modules.

Purchasing PrimeSense would be another indication that Apple is moving forward towards offering a Smart TV, given that PrimeSense's products have thus far mostly been living room fodder (like the Kinect).  Apple currently sells a set-top box, but does not sell a television set with a system-on-a-chip onboard.

Samsung Electronics Comp., Ltd. (KSC:005930), Apple's smartphone arch-rival, released a new series of TVs back in January which had swappable microcontrollers on the back face, allowing you to keep your Smart TV "smart".  However, despite the intrigue, the Smart TV segment continues to be low volume -- something Apple is likely hoping to change

Sources: Calcalist, Reuters



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Kinect 1.0 or 1.1 tech
By Mitch101 on 7/16/2013 1:40:00 PM , Rating: 5
Its worth mentioning Apple would get Kinect 1.0 or 1.1 tech aka Capri which is a shrunk down Kinect sensor to work on mobile devices.

Kinect 2.0 was developed/designed by Microsoft without any assistance from PrimeSense.

Kinect 2.0
http://www.engadget.com/2013/05/21/microsofts-new-...
On the inside is a 1080p camera -- a huge step up from the VGA sensor on the original Kinect. The new motion controller processes a stunning two gigabits of data per second to accurately read your environment. Everything about this second iteration of the Kinect is more accurate, in fact, from the number of reference points on your skeleton it monitors down to its ability to read your heartbeat. And it's powerful enough to bring that increased fidelity to not just one, but six skeletons simultaneously (should you have enough room in your pad for that many players). It even has the ability to talk to the standard Xbox controller for some Move-like functionality. Lift the remote and you'll lift your shield in the game, for example. For Microsoft, the Kinect is what ties the Xbox One experience together.

What could be interesting is whats been patented since Kinect 1.0. This could get interesting.

But I have to commend Apple on thinking forward and starting to act like a big company and purchase up and coming tech. Its what they should be doing.




RE: Kinect 1.0 or 1.1 tech
By Mitch101 on 7/16/2013 1:43:44 PM , Rating: 4
This should help clarify good read if you don't just read titles of articles.

Life after Kinect: PrimeSense's plans for a post-Microsoft future
http://www.engadget.com/2013/06/21/life-after-kine...


RE: Kinect 1.0 or 1.1 tech
By Tony Swash on 7/16/2013 3:19:16 PM , Rating: 2
quote:
But I have to commend Apple on thinking forward and starting to act like a big company and purchase up and coming tech. Its what they should be doing.


What - you think Apple haven't been doing that in the past?


RE: Kinect 1.0 or 1.1 tech
By themaster08 on 7/17/2013 2:06:16 AM , Rating: 2
Not recently. They've been sitting on their cash pile.


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