Several tech blogs are reporting that devices and software megacorp Apple is in talks to acquire PrimeSense, the Israeli company credited as the suppliers of the original Kinect sensor when contracted by Microsoft for the Xbox 360.
AllThingsD explains that the move has been rumoured for some time, and is suspected to now be moving forward:
PrimeSense was the original supplier for Microsoft’s breakthrough Kinect gaming device, which incorporated cameras and depth sensors so that players could control games with their gestures. But Microsoft used homegrown technology for the new Kinect that is part of Xbox One.
The original PrimeSense model was oriented around a large stationary sensor, but the company more recently released a smaller generation, dubbed Capri, better suited for mobile uses.
Motion sensing could be valuable for any number of actual and hypothetical Apple products, including wearable devices and televisions.
Apple declined comment, and PrimeSense offered a statement:
“PrimeSense is the leading 3D technology in the market. We are focused on building a prosperous company while bringing 3D sensing and Natural Interaction to the mass market in a variety of markets such as interactive living room and mobile devices. We do not comment on what any of our partners, customers or potential customers are doing and we do not relate to rumors or re-cycled rumors.”
Reports suggest that the deal will be finalised by the end of the week, but any plans Apple might have for the motion control veterans remain unclear.