Apple in Talks to Buy Firm Responsible for Xbox Kinect's 3D Sensor Technology
Apple is currently rumored to be in acquisition talks with Israeli development company PrimseSense, which is the company that created the range camera technology that Microsoft used as a base for the Xbox 360’s Kinect sensor. According to the Israeli publication Calcalist, the two are in the middle of advanced talks for an acquisition reportedly worth $280 million.
Aside from the infrared motion tracking system which is found in the Kinect, the technology from PrimeSense is being used in advanced applications like Matterport’s 3D scanner, which uses the sensors to create full-color models of interior spaces. Another case study is iRobot’s Ava healthcare robot, which uses the sensors to “see,” allowing it to navigate and interact with people.
It’s unclear what plans Apple has for PrimseSense or how it might end up using the firm’s technology. Some of the firm’s technology could potentially be combined with that of “indoor GPS” firm WiFiSlam, which the Cupertino California company purchased in March. Apple already has a presence in Israel after it purchased the flash memory component maker Anobit in 2011 for $400 million. Since then, Apple has expanded its operations in the region with research and development centers in Ra’anana and Haifa. We’ll have to wait and see if Apple ends up acquiring PrimeSense.
via The Verge