Apple acquires developer of first-gen Kinect, PrimeSense

PrimeSense, developer of the first-generation Kinect for Xbox 360, has been acquired by Apple.

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PrimeSense, developer of the first-generation Kinect for Xbox 360, has been acquired by Apple. "Apple buys smaller technology companies from time to time, and we generally do not discuss our purpose or plans," a company spokesperson said.

The two companies were in talks as early as July, but only recently made the acquisition official. As AllThingsD reports, Apple could possibly use PrimeSense's motion technology in a rumored TV set or mobile devices.

Microsoft no longer works with PrimeSense. For Xbox One, the company developed its own motion sensing technology.

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    November 25, 2013 11:40 AM

    Andrew Yoon posted a new article, Apple acquires developer of first-gen Kinect, PrimeSense.

    PrimeSense, developer of the first-generation Kinect for Xbox 360, has been acquired by Apple.

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      November 25, 2013 11:50 AM

      I wouldn't really refer to them as makers of the first-generation Kinect (even though it's technically correct). What they made is much more like Kinect 2.0. Microsoft chose to gut the processor and capabilities out of Kinect 1.0 to reduce the price which is why it was such a bad interface device.

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      November 25, 2013 11:59 AM

      "developer of the first-generation Kinect for Xbox 360"

      I would have taken that off my resume

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        November 25, 2013 2:24 PM

        "developer of the ..scribble scribble...... Kinect for Xbox 360"

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      November 25, 2013 2:18 PM

      Apple picking up Microsoft's sloppy seconds...

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      November 25, 2013 7:00 PM

      I get it that the original Kinect was gimmicky and fairly useless i the long run, but you can't say it was unsuccessful...

      "Kinect, a controller-free gaming system that competes with the Nintendo Wii and Playstation 3 Move, has been selling at an impressive rate since it launched in November.

      During the first three months after its launch, this rate was fast enough to earn Kinect the title of "fastest-selling consumer device." According to Guinness World Records, which officially confirmed the record today, Microsoft sold an average of 133,333 units per day between November 4 and January 3"

      Maybe we're all just bitter suckers.

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