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Apple purchased it for around $360 million USD

Apple recently acquired the startup that provided 3-D sensors for Microsoft's Kinect, offering motion and depth capture for a more physical gaming experience.

According to a new report from All Things D, Apple purchased Israel-based PrimeSense for about $360 million USD. The two had reportedly been discussing a possible acquisition since July.

“Apple buys smaller technology companies from time to time, and we generally do not discuss our purpose or plans," said Apple.

PrimeSense was behind the sensor technology for Microsoft’s Kinect, but Microsoft now uses its own sensor technology for the current Kinect generation, which is found alongside the new Xbox One console.  

PrimeSense's technology used cameras and depth sensors to capture the motions of gamers and incorporate them into Xbox games. 

Since its Kinect days, PrimeSense has developed new, smaller sensors suitable for mobile devices like smartphones. They could even be small enough for Apple's upcoming smart watch. 

Source: All Things D

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By lifewatcher on 11/25/2013 10:34:51 AM , Rating: 5
I've been thinking about a day, when my phone could be put in a pocket, from where it could see what I see - the people walking by, the places I visit... With depth perception, it'll be able to recognize things much better. Imagine working on your car, and your phone telling you which bolt to remove and parts to replace, if, for example, you are changing the spark plugs :)

Oh, well... Too bad, I'll never use such technology, as it appears that Apple will grab and lock it down first. (and, obviously, I don't ever want to be seen with an iDevice in hand)

RE: Finally
By retrospooty on 11/25/2013 12:10:01 PM , Rating: 1
I wouldn't worry about it, the tech is already out there. Even Apple with its mighty army of top lawyers couldn't possibly lock it down.

Look at it this way, Apple is trying and failing miiserably to lock down multi-touch on smartphones,(Which they didn't invent, weren't the first product available with it, but WERE the first highly popular product available with it). They are getting no-where with it. For this tech the difference is they didn't invent, aren't the first product available with it, OR the first highly popular product available with it.

RE: Finally
By exeedorbit on 11/25/2013 12:35:27 PM , Rating: 2
Besides, having such a device in a day and age where spying on people is starting to be considered as normal, I'd rather not have the NSA know how many strokes I require to climax. Thanks very much.

RE: Finally
By bupkus on 11/25/13, Rating: 0
RE: Finally
By epollyon on 11/26/2013 1:09:19 AM , Rating: 1
funny, i'm better than you at everything and yet i manage to have a MBP...
thanks for you insight into patent law.

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