Report: Apple to Acquire Kinect Sensor Developer for $345 Million
This one gives me a range of new ideas; if Apple is interested in development studio that was behind Microsoft’s Kinect Sensor, it surely means they are up to something interesting. The news came out yesterday through Israeli news website Calcalist.
The same news agency had reported earlier in July that Apple had offered Primesense the 3D sensor and chip developer a sum of $280 million for the same reasons but the deal couldn’t get through. This time around though they came up with a bigger sum, $345 million to be exact, this has eventually led to the successful deal.
Primesense is a Tel-Aviv based company that has enabled motion control peripherals in Kinect. Apple apparently wants the company to integrate their technology into Apple’s products – now that would be interesting. I am looking at an awesome version of Apple TV.
Apart from using their technology in Kinect, Primesense offers their own 3D sensor peripherals and chips on retail as well. This includes the Carmine 1.08 peripheral as well as a 3D sensing Capri 1.25 that can be embedded into devices like laptops, smartphones and tablets.
According to an update though, the deal is still not clear of hurdles. There are certain legal issues pertaining to liquidity preferences that need to be finalized before it can be entered into practically – AllThingsD has reported courtesy of their sources.
So far Primesense has not confirmed the reports and have maintained a rather formal “no comments” attitude stating that Primesense “does not comment on what any of our partners, customers or potential customers are doing.”
Let’s see how this turns out.