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Now here's an interesting rumor: Although Microsoft already owns its Kinect technology, the Israeli company that created it could soon find itself with a new corporate address in Cupertino, California.
9to5Mac reported Tuesday that the makers of Microsoft's Kinect technology are rumored to be in acquisition talks with Apple, which could net the company upwards of $280 million or more.
According to Israeli publication Calcalist.co.il, senior executives from PrimeSense have been making pilgrimages to Apple's engineering offices recently, and that acquisition talks have heated up as a result.
PrimeSense creations have been used not only in the original Microsoft Kinect (since replaced by in-house technology) but also the Asus WAVI Xtion, a home media controller for the living room.
It's not hard to imagine that's exactly what Apple is after, having been rumored to license intellectual property rights from PrimeSense for its own 3D gesture interface. Judging from this latest news, Cupertino may have decided that an outright purchase is likely the best way to keep such technology out of the hands of competitors.
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