Apple Looks to Scoop up Israeli Firm That Manufactures Xbox Kinect Sensor
July 16, 2013 12:19 PM
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Sensors could be put in a Smart TV offering
The magic inside Microsoft Corp.'s (
is a special image processor that takes video streams
from multiple cameras
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. (
) is reportedly being targeting the Israeli company for a potential acquisition, according to a
by Israeli newspaper
PrimeSense has to date raised $85M USD in venture capital according to
, which adds that the prospective sale price would be around $280M USD. PrimeSense's investors include
Silver Lake Sumeru
Gemini Israel Funds
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. (
), 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
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RE: OK, Ill be the first to say it...
7/16/2013 8:51:50 PM
To anyone working on motion detection hardware or software
Not just them, but anybody who bought devices which use PrimeSense technology. Be prepared to lose support.
Apple bought AuthenTec last year. AuthenTec made the fingerprint scanners found on most laptops. Business continued as usual for a few months under Apple's helm. Then suddenly out of the blue, AuthenTec announced that there was a new software update, it would be free for everyone, and that it's the final release. No more. They're not going to sell fingerprint scanners anymore, and won't be supporting the ones they did sell.
Every laptop vendor using a fingerprint scanner is now stuck with a device that will no longer be updated - no security updates, no compatibility updates for new software. Because apparently Apple wants the feature to be exclusive to their products. They bought the company so I don't have a problem with them making sure the feature only shows up on new Apple products. But cutting off support for products which have already been sold is just low.
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