The story


Kinect inventors bought out, but not by Microsoft has confirmed that Apple has purchased PrimeSense, an Israeli 3D sensor-maker. Kristin Huguet, Apple’s spokesperson confirmed the deal to with the company’s usual “Apple buys smaller technology companies from time to time, and we generally do not discuss our purpose or plans” statement.

Sources told that the deal is worth “around $360 million”.

PrimeSense is most famous for developing the 3D sensors inside the original Kinect, which uses a combination of depth sensors and cameras to capture players’ body movements and translate it into on-screen actions that control how games play. The Kinect 2.0 sensor found in the brand-new Xbox One console doesn’t use PrimeSense’s technology, as it was built entirely in-house at Microsoft.

PrimeSense is just one Israeli company Apple has bought recently, the other being Anobit, a maker of high-performance Flash memory controllers that was snapped up earlier this year.

Interestingly, PrimeSense’s more recent efforts include motion-sensors that are small enough to fit into smartphones and tablets, making it theoretically possible that Apple will incorporate the technology into future i-devices, Macs or any unannounced products they have in their secret pipeline. If Apple were to bring out its long-rumoured Apple-branded television set, this new acquisition means it might even come with motion controls. If nothing else, it indicates at the very least that Apple sees value in the concept of 3D sensors and, by extension, motion controls. How that will affect future products is anyone’s guess.



Recently Published

code snippet

“I’m a big supporter of people making money” – Open licensing and code sharing initiative launches for Africa

If you’re in the habit of dropping by the Cape Town offices of ...


5 of the top mobile games to download right now

On the slim chance that you’ve run out of games to play on your ...


Eskom appoints former DPE director-general as new CEO

The director-general at the Department of Public Enterprises (DPE), ...


10 locally-made technologies from the SAB Social Innovation Awards finalists

South African Breweries (SAB) is hosting its fourth annual Social ...

r2k thumb

Mobile operators must end “phoney price wars”, deliver free calls says R2K

Campaign group Right2Know (R2K) is warning mobile phone users not to ...


Cloud storage, simple invoicing & more: 5 Windows 8.1 business apps that make everything work

When it comes to doing business, you simply cannot make it work ...

HTC One M8 for Windows

The HTC One (M8) for Windows is official

It’s been one of the worst kept secrets in the smartphone world ...


New Alone in the Dark coming to PC this year

Publisher Atari is keen to resurrect Alone in the Dark and Haunted ...

5364620846_81bf6de65b_o (1)

Expect to start seeing tweets from people you don’t follow on your timeline

Pretty soon, you’ll see tweets, videos and photos from people ...