Apple Considers Acquisition of PrimeSense Machine Vision Company, Technology Powering Xbox Kinect
We bring this up because the Cupertino company is reportedly in early negotiations to acquire PrimeSense, an Israel-based 3D sensing company with offices in Israel, North America, Japan, Singapore, Korea, China, and Taiwan. PrimeSense is a fabless semiconductor company that's best known for licensing the hardware design and chip used in Microsoft's first generation Kinect motion control sensor for the Xbox 360.
It's an interesting target for Apple, which is said to be offering $280 million for the chip developer. There are a world of possibilities for this type of technology. Apple could integrate motion control technology into its mobile devices and/or its upcoming iWatch, or this could be an early sign of a standout feature that will ultimately find its way into an Apple brand smart TV.
Of course, this is all speculation at this point, though it's fun to imagine the possibilities.