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Although Microsoft long ago brought all of its Kinect development in-house, there's apparently still value to the Israeli company who helped design the initial 3D motion sensing technology.
AllThingsD reported Sunday that Apple has finally confirmed the acquisition of PrimeSense, ending months of negotiations between Cupertino and the Israel-based maker of 3D sensors.
“Apple buys smaller technology companies from time to time, and we generally do not discuss our purpose or plans," Apple spokeswoman Kristin Huguet confirmed in one of the iPhone maker's traditionally cookie-cutter statements.
PrimeSense is said to have nabbed $360 million in the deal, a drop in the bucket for cash-rich Apple. The acquisition talks were first reported back in July by Calcalist, an Israeli news source.
The real question now is: What does Apple intend to do with PrimeSense? The company first made its mark providing 3D sensor technology for Microsoft's original Kinect, work that has since gone in-house with the latest Xbox One variation.
The report notes that PrimeSense has shifted its focus from "large, stationary sensor" products such as Kinect to smaller sensors such as Capri, which appears to be intended for mobile devices like the iPhone, iPod touch or iPad.
PrimeSense tech could ultimately be used in Apple's current wish list product line such as an HDTV or smart watch, but only time will tell what its engineers might have cooking up on the drawing boards in Cupertino.
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