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access_time July 16, 2013 at 6:48 AM in Microsoft by Charlie Grammer

Apple reportedly in talks about buying makers of Kinect sensor

Apple considering purchasing company that made first-generation Kinect sensor.

Apple considering purchasing company that made first-generation Kinect sensor.

It’s been reported that Apple is currently “In talks” about purchasing the company that created the original Kinect sensor, PrimeSense.

This company specializes in motion-control technology and initially worked with Microsoft to create the first-generation of Kinect, but not Kinect 2.0. If acquired, PrimeSense could “Potentially help Cupertino with new projects that require natural interfaces,” according to the report.

The value of this acquisition, if the rumor turns out to be true, will probably be around $280 million, but it should be noted that the source that brought this to light has made it clear that the talks are still at a very early stage.

This report has several people wondering a few things. Will we be seeing a Kinect-like accessory for Apple products soon? What new items would PrimeSense, if they are bought out by Apple, create? What, exactly, are these “New projects” mentioned in the report that require “natural interfaces”?

Source: Engadget (via Calcalist)

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