Apple buys Kinect company for a reported $360 million

iPhone maker completes acquisition of Israeli 3D sensor company PrimeSense in deal estimated to be in the hundreds of millions.

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After months of deliberations between the companies, Apple has completed its acquisition of Israeli 3D sensor company PrimeSense, which created the technology behind the original version of the Kinect for the Xbox 360.

An Apple spokesperson confirmed the buyout to AllThingsD, saying, "Apple buys smaller technology companies from time to time, and we generally do not discuss our purpose or plans." Sources told AllThingsD that the deal was worth around $360 million.

PrimeSense rose to prominence for creating the technology behind what would become Microsoft's Kinect voice and gesture control system. Notably, Microsoft created the Kinect sensor for the Xbox One in-house.

Apple is rumored to be working on wearable devices and its own line of televisions, which could hypothetically incorporate motion-sensing technology.

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xcollector
xcollector

6 months later Apple claims they invented the kinect and starts the patent wars.

gam3r80
gam3r80

Leave it to the Jews to spy on people lol

MJ-X
MJ-X

lol @ the $360 mil

Good one Apple.

Why do i get the feeling this was a jab at M$  ???

edant79
edant79

They probably should have field tested "Fighter Within" before they dropped that kind of cash on a broken product.

vjghgah
vjghgah

That's a natural move. Motion-voice-sensing UI is the future. PS4 may be outdated sooner than expected.

Renegade__angel
Renegade__angel

Obviously people don't read Apples User-end agreements. They give nothing to the NSA. Microsoft, however. Well. The NSA has had a back door with Windows since Windows 98. Glad to see people read the terms of service on their products.

PupilsDilated
PupilsDilated

Next Apple will buy sperm for the development of the iFap.

daikkenaurora12
daikkenaurora12

The xtwo will have an iPad as a controller but will be call iControl.  This will happen after they buy xbox from Microsoft once they sue them for using kinect technology.

thisBlueDude
thisBlueDude

360 million for a 360 device? It's a conspiracy.

moatasim07
moatasim07

Apple  iConsole :- $800

Apple  iKinect :- $200

Online Multiplayer Charges :- $200 per year

Launch Games :- Angry birds, Temple Run

acp_45
acp_45

I speak iEnglish. What about you ?

berserker66666
berserker66666

APPLE IS TAKING OVER THE WORLD with it's "I" brand. Soon we'll be facing iCar, iPlane, iToilet.

pszone
pszone

Another company bad as Microsoft  oh well   maybe they going to use the Kinect   for Apple TV touch scream on your TV.   Next news Apple buys xbox1 :] . 

juboner
juboner

Apple also acquired panasonics plasma tv technology. Hence the plans to stop making plasmas.

Nah jk but I couldnt imagine how much an apple tv would cost. Im sure they will look good and be very slim.

Garm31
Garm31

Apple bought a tird for $360 Million. Also they paid 360 for it. Get it? A stab at MS maybe. LOL!

lhughey
lhughey

Looks like Apple will be integrating this tech into the Apple Television Set with IOS built in.  Casual gaming with Kinect like functionality and gamepad is pretty much confirmed IMO.  Sony should be very concerned.

de-astroturfer
de-astroturfer

So Apple are going to make a NSA gait recognition collection device too, then I suppose they'll sell the company to Google so they can do the same. 

prince3
prince3

I heard tim cook is being kicked out.

pcty
pcty

now we know what new features the iphone 7 will bring

Aaronp2k
Aaronp2k

@lhughey why should sony be concerned. apple are not making a games console, and sony customers will be able to use apple television with their ps4. so it kind of makes buying xbox one for kinect irrelevant. if anything this is better for sony.

de-astroturfer
de-astroturfer

@prince3 

As long as they don't replace him with Jony Ive. The ugly, boring, lazy, confusing, pretentious clusterF*** that is iOS7 is all the evidence I need to conclude that Ive as CEO is a bad idea.

obsequies
obsequies

@elegantspock the apple pippin 2? Those things are worth a lot man. They never went down in value

A_Rabid_Dog
A_Rabid_Dog

@elegantspock Apple never revolutionized anything. They blatantly steal ideas and pay the original developers and owners to shut up. Steve Jobs even, on record, admitted that his sole business strategy has been to steal ideas from other well-known companies.

Apple is not a revolutionary company. Only sheep follow their every move.

lhughey
lhughey

@Aaronp2k @lhughey You're talking only about gaming.  You're also not accounting the value that many people have in owning a single device vs multiple ones that do similar things.

The problem that Sony has will be illuminated when Apples product hits the market.  We all know how influential Apple is in educating the public about an existing product, that they have tweaked, polished and then released.  Motion gaming and motion apps run from your TV is going to huge when Apple does it.  MS will actually benefit from the education of the average consumer receives.

Apple and M$ have thorough ecosystems that are converging to the TV.    Sony doesn't.  Sony could use Google's help to resolve that (Android?).

steve_esquire
steve_esquire

Lol very true. Even though he was good at what he did, he openly stated that he went to some pc company and saw the first keyboard and mouse set up and said "that's how pcs will operate from now on." Either way, he made some money so I guess it all worked. Smart man!

obsequies
obsequies

@A_Rabid_Dog @elegantspock microsoft didn't even write DOS. they ripped off some poor kid for it. They also literally stole code from mac os to use for windows. If you somehow just discovered that apple isn't some sort of magical willy wonka factory then wow. They arent perfect but they are far from many others thats for sure.

de-astroturfer
de-astroturfer

@pcty @A_Rabid_Dog But they're not on in a prime position in your living room 24/7 and they don't take your gait recognition data do they !

TimberWolf_CLT
TimberWolf_CLT

@obsequies @A_Rabid_Dog @elegantspock First: it wasn't some kid, it was a copy of the functionality that existed in Dr DOS and others.

Second: Are you seriously trying sell the MS stole from the Mac OS drivel?  Both Apple and MS got the idea for icons and the desktop from Xerox.  Xerox had a line of word processors and copying equipment out in the very early 80's with the folder/file/desktop interface before PCs had the first pass at Windows and before the Lisa existed.  I worked with the Xerox equipment so I have first-hand knowledge of it's existence.

Next you'll claim that Jobs invented the mouse, when even he admitted that the idea came from Xerox and Carver Mead's work.  Which was based upon earlier MIT work.