Apple in Talks to Buy Kinect Motion Sensor Maker PrimeSense

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Apple is reportedly negotiating to buy PrimeSense, the company behind Microsoft's Xbox Kinect motion sensor system. The deal, according to sources, could cost Apple upwards of US$300 million.

Apple may be in talks to buy motion control sensor company PrimeSenseApple may be in talks to buy motion control sensor company PrimeSense

Several PrimeSense executives recently visited Apple's engineering offices, according to Calcalist. Snapping up the company would give Apple its own system for hand and body motion control interfaces for devices such as Apple TV.

Letting PrimeSense fall into Apple's hands wouldn't be much of an issue for Microsoft since it has moved on to use its own technology in Kinect.

Along with its larger scale motion control technology, PrimeSense also develops compact chips suitable for portable devices such as tablets and smartphones. While that doesn't mean Apple intends to turn the iPhone and iPad into devices that use motion based controls, it does open up the possibility that future versions could include some kind of hands-off control system.

What seems more likely is that Apple would add motion controls to the Apple TV, and if the company ever does release the long rumored Apple HD television set, built-in motion control would be a good fit.

This isn't the first report this week that Apple is snapping up companies again. One report claims that Apple has purchased United Microelectronics Corporation so that it can start producing the A-series processors the iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, and Apple TV use.

Assuming Apple really is buying up more companies, it's a sign that it wants to have even more control over its product design and manufacturing processes.

Apple isn't talking about its rumored buyout talks, but if the company really is interested in creating motion control interfaces, purchasing PrimeSense is the company it should be looking at.

Comments

Lee Dronick

Apple wouldn’t have the cash to buy such companies if the vulture investors had their way.

skipaq

This one makes sense because the next big category Apple will disrupt will be television. At some point motion input will be needed.

sym

Wait - didn’t Apple invent everything from scratch?

dmarcoot

Sym,
No one who knows anything about Apple would say they invented everything from scratch, No one makes everything. What apple does do is design better products with the end user in mind

Your critique is a straw-man of your own making

sym

According to this article, Samsung has already launched products with this technology, including the Galaxy S4.  Samsung TV commercials also showcase this technology.  Something must be amiss - obviously, if/when Apple buys this company, your writers and readers will cry out that Samsung copied Apple!  Because buying tech means inventing when it comes to Apple, right??

http://mindofthegeek.com/2013/07/16/apple-kinect-iphone-ipad/

sym

dmarcoot…I agree with you.  But some of the writers/readers here would not.  The strawman is not mine.  I’m pointing out the same ignorance/hypocrisy.

iJack

“What seems more likely is that Apple would add motion controls to the Apple TV..”

Isn’t the obvious connection between motion sensors and the coming iWatch? Think about it. iWatch has to be more than a watch; more like a control system for all iToys.

skipaq

Apple already has IP of its’ own creation for motion control. What Apple may want is the engineering expertise that PrimeSense has.

@sym, I don’t know anyone who ever said that Apple invented everything be they writers or commentators. Perhaps you could provide us with a quote to make your point. Otherwise it is just an absolute made into a straw man. Like telling you, “You always create straw man arguments.”

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