Many people have been wondering what Apple will do with the technology they acquired when they bought Primesense, the Israeli developer of the 3D sensor technology Microsoft used in the first Kinect peripheral for the Xbox 360 video game console. That's still anyone's guess. But if you'd like a Kinect-like interface for your Mac, you can buy one today thanks to Leap Motion. How well does it work? Let's take a look.
Apple is reportedly in talks to acquire Primesense, an Israeli company perhaps best known for their work on the original Xbox Kinect sensor alongside Microsoft. The tabled figure from Cupertino is a cool $280 million, and follows the visit of Apple representatives interested in using the company's technology.
Marc Edwards of Bjango, Guy English of Kicking Bear, Loren Brichter of Atebits, Sebastiaan de With of DoubleTwist, and Rene Ritchie of Mobile Nations talk human interfaces of the future, including Siri, Google Now, Kinect, Leap, MYO, Project Glass, iWatch, Oculus Rift, and more!
Cult of Mac says PrimeSense, the company whose technology is behind Microsoft's new Xbox Kinect, originally tried to sell it to Apple. What went wrong and why didn't Apple get it? Yup, secrecy and control!
Apple has a history of interface innovation, of course, and had recently introduced the iPhone with its paradigm-shifting multitouch UI. PrimeSense’s system went one step further: It was multitouch that you didn’t even have to touch. Apple seemed like a natural fit.