Apple Reportedly Set to Acquire Israeli 3D Body Sensing Firm PrimeSense [Updated]

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    Back in July, Apple was reported to have been looking at acquiring Israeli firm PrimeSense, the company behind the original 3D body sensing technology used by Microsoft for its Kinect platform, for around $280 million.

    According to Israeli newspaper Calcalist [Google Translate, via SlashGear], a deal is now on the verge of being completed, with Apple agreeing to purchase PrimeSense for approximately $345 million. The report claims that the contract was scheduled to have been signed earlier this month but that one final legal issue has delayed the process. The contract should be finalized within the next few days, with an official announcement coming in the next two weeks.

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    Apple has expressed interest in Kinect-like motion control of such products as appliances and vehicle instrumentation, but the main area where the company has been rumored to be using the technology is in television. Reports have indicated that Apple is looking at Kinect-like motion control for its future television set, although the project is said to be seeing continuing delays due to difficult content negotiations with Apple shifting its near-term focus to wearables such as the "iWatch".

    Update: AllThingsD has confirmed that Apple is indeed in talks with PrimeSense, but while a deal is "close" to being completed, final details such as liquidity preferences have yet to be worked out. Apple has declined to comment on the matter, while PrimeSense has released the following statement:
    Article Link: Apple Reportedly Set to Acquire Israeli 3D Body Sensing Firm PrimeSense [Updated]
     
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    So does this mean Microsoft will have to pay Apple royalties for Kinect? If so, then that is gonna hurt haha! :eek:
     
  3. Rogifan macrumors Core

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    I believe Microsoft is using their own technology for Kinect.
     
  4. rei101 macrumors 6502a

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    "Innovation"... nothing worst that moving your hands to change channels. I rather move the finger.
     
  5. osx11, Nov 17, 2013
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    ....Apple TV.....slowly but steadily....the clues are becoming more clear.....

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    According to wikipedia, a subsidiary of Microsoft writes the software, but the hardware still comes from this Israeli firm. If this is true, it's a smart move by Apple. Why didn't Microsoft buy PrimeSense?
     
  6. yinz macrumors 6502a

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    But you don't need a remote. Finding a remote takes more effort than waving your hand. Although this would prove very inconvenient for the handicapped..
     
  7. Torrijos macrumors 6502

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    Nice for Apple, not so much for tinkers everywhere....

    I wanted to tinker with their sensor for a personal project but the simple sensor is only sold in bulk (over a million$), and I didn't wanted the old kinect version.
     
  8. 576316 macrumors 601

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    Looking forward to this. The day I can wake up my MacBook or tell it to shut down with a flick of my hand. They'd have to bypass accidental movements then. I can imagine waving to your friend and your MacBook shuts down. Looking forward to see how Apple develops this and implements it not only in Apple TV but other products too. Maybe we'll also get something like that Android phone which you wave at to answer a call.
     
  9. lewisd25 macrumors 6502a

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    All the pieces seem to be falling into place for an Apple television, but I just don't see it happening. Apple doesn't have the retail structure to sell TVs....not to mention the fact that selling large televisions is not like selling phones, tablets, and computers. The average consumer won't buy a new tv on the same upgrade cycle as a phone. I think a fully featured set top box seems more logical.
     
  10. rei101 macrumors 6502a

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    That is so unrealistic. The remote is always around.

    If you are laying on a side, how are you going to wave your hands?
    or if you are with our girlfriend all cuddle... waving your hands sabotages all.
    Why waving your hands when you already can move just one finger?


    Now, if Apple is into that, I believe they lost the train regarding Apple TV, I do not see innovation anymore that is not out there already.
     
  11. osx11 macrumors 6502a

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    I willing to bet that if Apple does indeed release a TV, it will NOT come with a physical remote like we're used it now.
     
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    Yes and no.

    I bought a top of the range Samsung TV [Note for the idiots -This is not a random dig at Samsung, just a true story] at the beginning of the year with the same motion gimmicks. The execution of the interface was terrible. So much so in fact, that I returned the set for a more 'simplistic' Panasonic Plasma with 2 remotes...

    Build quality aside (which was bad for a high end comparable set), the interface was glitchy and unreliable at the best of times.

    Imagine Siri on a bad day (everyday in my case..), not understanding anything you say, needing to shout instructions and then waving your hands around to control it and the wrong things, or nothing happening fast.

    I do not doubt that Apple (along with everybody else) will soon release a better user interface experience, where it will be quicker and easier than looking for the remote, but the current offerings are not quite there yet in my mind.

    Additionally and in agreement, the intricacy and unreliability of some of the interfaces I have tried to date, are far from disabled friendly.
     
  13. FirePhantom macrumors member

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    Facebook offers $3,000,000,000 for an instant messaging app.

    Apple secures an innovative company with real-world products and a patent portfolio for $345,000,000.

    Topsy-turvy times we're living in.
     
  14. winston1236 macrumors 68000

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    The worst part is they accepted Apple's low ball offer. They should have countered somewhere in the billions.
     
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    I think this is great - and given advances in the technology, I think capabilities of these motion sensors will be overwhelmingly jump in the next generation.

    Tinkerers should love this - Of course Apple will build a multi-layered api to get at this technology for developers because... why not!? iOS has CoreMotion for devices with sensors... I'll just name it here and call it CoreMovement.

    I'd say advances in this tech will be able to easily distinguish which person 'is' the remote and motions will be much more granular. Mr. Smooth, I'll bet you'll be able to wink at the TV and have it turn down the volume and automatically switch over to playing Barry White off your iTunes - doing the exact opposite of sabotage...

    Most importantly, I see 2015 as a huge year for TV 'changes' because the NFL will be expanding it's wings away from DirectTV. The NFL is entirely too greedy not to want more of Apple's (and our) money. It's all just a huge catalyst for change.
     
  17. sinsin07 macrumors 68040

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    Then use the damn remote. Simple. People get so locked in like there is only one way to do some thing.
     
  18. Solomani macrumors 68040

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    If they are acquiring the company in its entirety, then it's very likely that the employees and/or executives of PrimeSense will also be given shares of AAPL stock. Cash is not the only thing they got.

    It actually makes sense for AAPL to give them stock shares, because it will be an incentive for the Kinect programmers and original engineers to stick around for some time under Apple. You do realize that when small companies are acquired, many disgruntled employees leave soon after, right?

    P.S. -- IMHO, if true, this is one of the best acquisitions that Apple has made in recent years. This is about as important as Microsoft's acquisition of Bungie in 2000.

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    Of course they deny it. If the agreement is "on the verge", then the deal is not yet finalized. No sane person on either side of the negotiating table will confirm an acquisition, especially when it hasn't happened yet.
     
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    More and more, I'm really just not interested in an Apple TV set at all. I'd much rather have a large dumb 4K monitor that's hooked up to an actual internet-connected computer and can do whatever a computer can. No interest in fancy sensors and interfaces, just OS X and whatever software I want to run, please.

    That said, if Apple can provide the content, and break us free from the current network/cable model of schedules and advertisements, I'll gladly use an Apple TV service on all of my Apple devices. I suspect it's the service that's holding up the Apple TV, not the technology. Content companies are way too invested in an ancient user-unfriendly system that has no place in the modern world. When pirating provides a better user experience and is cheaper, TV is doomed. If Apple can make an even better experience (particularly in ease of access) and charge only a little, TV can be saved.
     
  20. Manderby macrumors 6502a

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    Give the two females in the image something to eat!
     
  21. markyr17 macrumors 65816

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    Really?
    :rolleyes:

    They look perfectly healthy.
     
  22. mdelvecchio macrumors 68040

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    unless you've been in apple's secret design labs, i must conclude that you have no idea whatsoever what you're talking about.
     
  23. xdhd350 macrumors 6502

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    It would seem to most that they want this company to incorporate into a TV, which may be the case. But.... what if they are really interested in the IP portfolio, and they may have other use cases where this company has done some of the ground work.

    I hate to speculate when it comes to Apple. They have made many so called experts eat their words over the last decade or so.
     
  24. virtualSIM macrumors newbie

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    Edit: It appears a moderator removed the controversial posts questioning Israeli companies' viability as business partners.

    Seems like a sound piece of business by Apple though, following in the footsteps of the Anobit acquisition.
     

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