Your iPhone could be getting some serious new capabilities soon, following the news that Apple has acquired the 3D-sensing technology company PrimeSense. This is the same Israeli company that built the original Microsoft Kinect sensor. But that doesn't mean Apple's planning an Xbox competitor anytime soon.
Rumor has it that Apple is deep into talks to buy PrimeSense, which produces—and licenses—the gesture-based technology behind Microsoft's Kinect. Which could prove... interesting.
If you can't beat 'em, take 'em over. At least, that's what Apple might be thinking, as rumor has it that Cook and co are in talks to acquire Primesense, the compnay which makes the 3D sensors used in Kinect.
PrimeSense, the guys who helped make Microsoft's Kinect, are now teaming with Asus to make the same thing basically...except it's for the PC. Unfortunately, they're calling it the WAVI Xtion.
The year is 2008. Inon Beracha, CEO of the company that engineered the brain of what is now Microsoft's shiny Kinect, is trying to find a buyer for the miracle tech. He tried Apple. No dice. Why? It was complicated.
The secret technology that powers Xbox 360's Project Natal lollipop-free motion controls actually isn't leprechauns, as we initially suspected. The guts are made by a little company called PrimeSense.