Apple Acquires Kinect Sensor Maker PrimeSense
November 25, 2013 10:00 AM
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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
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
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.
All Things D
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11/26/2013 1:29:16 AM
I think its safe to say that the consumer wants more than just a pack of features. they want design (which i like in those TVs), they want integration, they want support, and they want good marketing. I think most importantly, they need good vertical integration and marketing to reach apple's state of consumer appeal.
inform yourself on what samsung actually is before making blanket statements. you don't have to approach everything in a "good brand/bad brand" sort of way. we're not in high school, or at least i'm not.
some basic facts about samsung:
founded 1930s, they sell everything from chemicals to clothing to insurance. they have a quarter million employees. samsung is the largest south korean conglomerate and is responsible for 17% of south korea's GDP
in other words, its a behemoth in comparison to apple. just samsung electronics is bigger than apple in every single way. their revenue is almost double that of Apple.
My point is this: if apple wants to sue samsung for integrating a feature they believe they have invented, its up to the judge whether this is the case or not. I don't think we understand patent law very well. the technology for depth sensing is obviously old and, equally obviously, is already patented by primesense and MS in whatever application they use it for.
i know it might not seem like it, but apple is the underdog in that situation.
“Then they pop up and say ‘Hello, surprise! Give us your money or we will shut you down!' Screw them. Seriously, screw them. You can quote me on that.” -- Newegg Chief Legal Officer Lee Cheng referencing patent trolls
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