Apple Plans to Acquire Company Behind Kinect Sensor

Primesense, the company behind Kinect's sensors.

Primesense, the company behind Kinect's sensors.

Looks like Apple wants to dabble on motion sensors, but the iPhone and iPad maker may be stepping into Microsoft’s toes in the process. Apple is in talks to acquire Primesense, the Israel-based 3D-sensor company who developed the Kinect sensor, to the tune of $280 million.

Citing the usual “people familiar with the matter”, a report from Israeli newspaper Calcalist says that Apple is planning on incorporating sensor technology in some of its upcoming products and would rather buy Primesense than license its services.

Microsoft Kinect sensor

If Primesense would be acquired by Apple, Microsoft could be in for some trouble as it may find difficulty gaining new licenses for its Kinect sensors. Other companies that use the technology would also be affected, including makers of 3D scanners, iRobot for its Ava telepresense robot, and Asus for its Xtion motion sensor for PC. It also remains puzzling how Apple would utilize the motion-sensing technology.

Primesense’s 3D-scanning technology has been used in over 20 million devices worldwide, including sensors that can be installed in smartphones and tablets.

This is not the first time Apple planned on purchasing an Israeli component manufacturer. In January last year, the company confirmed its acquisition of flash storage company Anobit for $400 million.

Source: CNET

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