Apple confirms purchase of original Kinect sensor creator PrimeSense

Apple has now finally confirmed that it has acquired PrimeSense, the Israel-based company that created the technology that was used by Microsoft for its first Kinect motion capture sensor. Rumors about Apple's interest in the company first hit the Internet in July and last week the Israel news outlet Calcalist claimed that the deal to buy PrimeSense had been finalized.

AllThingsD reports they received a statement from Apple confirming the PrimeSense deal but offered no other details. The company's PR rep said simply, "Apple buys smaller technology companies from time to time, and we generally do not discuss our purpose or plans."

Another Israel news source, Globes, claims that the actual deal between Apple and PrimeSense was closed on Friday, for the price of between $300-$350 million. The company's five founders are expected to get between $50-$80 million each as a result of the deal.

While PrimeSense was the main company behind Microsoft's first Kinect sensor that was released for the Xbox 360 and later for Windows, the second generation Kinect hardware was developed in-house by Microsoft. It made its official debut Friday as part of the Xbox One launch and will be released for Windows sometime in 2014.

Before being acquired by Apple, PrimeSense was reportedly working on a project code named "Capri", which is supposed to be a small and low powered version of the Kinect sensor that could be made to fit inside smartphones and tablets. In theory, Apple could use the "Capri" tech in future versions or its iPhone and iPad devices, as well as the long rumored Apple television project.

Source: AllThingsD and Globes | Image via Microsoft

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I expect this to be related to a new feature on the next iPhone. Since that's where half their total revenue comes from, they have to keep coming with a new wiz bang feature every release.

I wonder what's coming out though. Kinect 2 is a great product so what will Apple do with this tech now.

Maybe they can couple with Siri to create something truly unique.

No idea. I think it would be silly for them to release a straight up Kinect like sensor. They'll could implement the technology into something that they've been working on, maybe use it to improve some of the other services that they have like their 3D mapping, or both.

The only think I can expect is to give Kinect 3 capabilities to Apple TV and make apple tv device smaller, lighter and thinner.

but for real, I think apple buying this company is a good thing, if only to prevent google from getting their greasy hands on it,and putting it in their ****ty products and giving phone/tablet manufacturers the free will to molest the technology to a point where people will be turned off by motion controls and completely killing such market.

That's what I hate about Android devices, the manufactures throw it in there because it's cool instead of talking about what we actually need. That's why I want a minimal device that works with what I already have.

They didn't have to spend that much money to accomplish what they wanted. Besides, who says Apple will have a successful use for the tech when MS is only using it as a glorified microphone that gets words confused?

Geezy said,
They didn't have to spend that much money to accomplish what they wanted. Besides, who says Apple will have a successful use for the tech when MS is only using it as a glorified microphone that gets words confused?

Your PS4 is calling you...lol

Microsoft has 80 billion cash-on-hand, plenty of money. Apple's use of the tech will probably be on the scale of their maps launch.

But now Microsoft has made Kinect 2 (probably in conjunction with other companies), which is much more advanced. I know the company/ies used to create Kinect 2 probably aren't for sale but can someone explain why Apple would want the company who made the first one?

Why not? Do you mean to say just because Microsoft chose not to partner with them for Kinect 2 this implies that they have reached a dead end and are incapable of creating new tech? The article clearly mentions the Capri tech they've been working on, which no doubt piqued Apple's interest.

Cupertino, start your photocopiers!

One thing we do know is that when Apple releases their device that uses this, suddenly having TV support built into your devices will suddenly be a good thing.

Sure, I guess if MS licensing the tech from primesense means they copied primesense's idea, then I guess Apple buying primesense must mean they're copying the idea. /s

WhatTheSchmidt said,
Cupertino, start your photocopiers!

One thing we do know is that when Apple releases their device that uses this, suddenly having TV support built into your devices will suddenly be a good thing.

It will be built inside the TV not inside a device.

LaP said,
It will be built inside the TV not inside a device.

Oh so now I need to get a TV that I need to replace every two years?

Albert had another bad idea,
i suppose microsoft buying nokia a smartphone maker has nothing to do with "photocopying" the other side at all.

Microsoft has been in smartphones before the iPhone was even on the drawing board.

Albert said,
i suppose microsoft buying nokia a smartphone maker has nothing to do with "photocopying" the other side at all.

Of course. Microsoft wants to be in charge of both hardware and software, just like Apple. This allows for much higher quality of products.

Xbox, Surface and now Phones. Microsoft can control hardware in three different markets and one software to unite them all.

The first line was a joke about how Apple likes to claim that everyone copies Apple, but when Apple starts doing copying everyone else it is not copying.

The second line was about the people who have been claiming that nobody wants to use a non-computer to stream their videos and music; the Sony people who praised the multimedia capabilities of the PS3, but now that the XBO has better TV and multimedia support, nobody wants them.

I don't hear a lot of people saying nobody wants to use a non-computer to stream. What most people are saying is sooner than later people will do that using the built in TV software.

Like HD it will take some time. But you can quote me on that in the next 15 years most people will have a TV able to stream from the internet and do most stuff you can do on an arm tablet.

LaP said,
I don't hear a lot of people saying nobody wants to use a non-computer to stream. What most people are saying is sooner than later people will do that using the built in TV software.

Like HD it will take some time. But you can quote me on that in the next 15 years most people will have a TV able to stream from the internet and do most stuff you can do on an arm tablet.

The whole purpose of the PS4 was that it has little or no non-Gaming features. Sony told us how it has no TV features and limited multimedia, and that was a good thing, and the PS4 people all shook their head in agreement, forgetting all those features in the PS3 for multimedia.

Let's not kid ourselves, Apple is doing this for an iTV. It is going to have games (like the XBO), TV (like the XBO), and AV (like the XBO), and motion sensing. Will people forget about how integrating all those features is wrong for XBO, or will they praise it as new and innovative?

WhatTheSchmidt said,

or will they praise it as new and innovative?

It's not new or innovative. Not by Apple and neither by MS.

The Smart TV idea has been around for a while now. Smart TVs just lack the cohesion of iOS, WP and even Android. The first one to be able to bring this cohesion built inside Smart TVs will have a head start. Apple and Google tried with external box without success. I think the XBox One wont be different. People who buy the XBox One for games might or might not use the TV features but ultimately the market share will be too low to be relevant in the TV market.

And you think that people will flock to an iTV? Buying a small device like AppleTV, Roku, etc. is something people would be willing to do. Buying a new TV is something completely different. I would rather buy a $500 console and use my existing TV than buy a $1500 new TV.

I connected my WMC up to my XBO, and then immediately put it back. Not because of problems with the XBO, the look, how it worked, no, the problem was very simple that Microsoft has not fixed for XBO. They do not have a standard remote control available yet, and the controller is not good for remotes. Voice control is fine, but I also want a remote.

Enron had Kenneth Laid,

Microsoft has been in smartphones before the iPhone was even on the drawing board.

yes. i'm pretty sure they not as mediocre with their hardware. /s