What idea exactly has Apple stolen here? 1) it's not even confirmed Apple purchases this company and 2) if they have we don't know exactly what the tech will be used for.
Sorry but Star Trek reality is NOT here yet nor perfected. Wait until 20 years and then AI will be good enough.The motion-control thing seems rather faddish if you ask me; imprecise and not inherently intuitive. I would prefer omnipresent voice control a-la Star Trek personally.
I suspect it's for motion control for the Mac. Not the tv because XBox One already has that going. Microsoft Kinect for PC was for, well, the PC so I believe it'll be part of the OS. Maybe iPad or iPhone for a hands free interaction when working in the kitchen or such.Sounds good to me! I'd love to have a hands-off interface. Repetitive Stress Injuries are a real thing. The less I have to move the mouse and click and type all day, the better. We're years off from that though.
As for this company, I don't think Apple has plans for some kind of hand-waving TV remote. Could they be developing a competitor to the Xbox One? That's possible, considering the new game controller API in iOS 7 and iBeacon support. Something that plays games, but also provides a media experience, using iPhones and iPads as controllers and second-screen experiences.
But it's possible this tech could also be used in iOS devices. Didn't Apple file a patent on a screen that doubles as a camera a few years ago? Combine this with PrimeSense's tech, and now the iOS device can see your hands before they touch the screen. This could enable pressure-sensitive touches (by tracking the fingers as they move) and more precise gesture support. Possibly also more performant facial feature recognition, such as eye tracking.
This girl would like a word with you:I'm still wondering why a 30+ year old white yuppie mother is playing a video game. Really trying hard to market that thing as a family/household device aren't they? It couldn't possibly be allowed in the living room unless the wife approves.
Yeah, I could see it being used in the Mac to solve the ergonomic problems (I think it was) Steve said he had with using touchscreens on laptops and displays.I suspect it's for motion control for the Mac. Not the tv because XBox One already has that going. Microsoft Kinect for PC was for, well, the PC so I believe it'll be part of the OS. Maybe iPad or iPhone for a hands free interaction when working in the kitchen or such.
If they do it for TV then it's not surprising but it won't be considered "new". Microsoft already beat Apple to the punch on that category a long time ago.
It really doesn't make a lot of sense for a major corporation to buy every single company from which it is licensing technology. Apple has a much wider electronics product portfolio, and is likely to be able to use this technology more broadly than Microsoft can-- in other words, it's worth more to Apple. Undoubtedly, MS has an ironclad contract to use this technology, which is all they really need.Why didn't Microsoft buy PrimeSense?
Paying over $300M hardly qualifies as stealing. By that standard, you yourself have stolen the food you are eating and the clothes you are wearing. Or, do you claim to have grown all your own food and sewn your own clothing?
Just leave the remote controller next to the chair. Nothing beats buttons.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..
Typically US journalists report the nationality of small foreign companies that are purchased by major US companies. It's just that you only notice it when the acquired company is Israeli. Maybe you have a bug up about Israel? This seems common among Europeans.Relating to Apple's business, why do journalists always seem to be so excited to declare the nationality of the company in question when it is Israel vs when it is other countries?
Yeah, everyone knows that women only play video games if they're black.I'm still wondering why a 30+ year old white yuppie mother is playing a video game. Really trying hard to market that thing as a family/household device aren't they? It couldn't possibly be allowed in the living room unless the wife approves.
Well, the majority of Americans are fat, so they're jealous.It is weird how people react to not fat people so negatively these days.
I don't know. I don't like it, and nobody I know likes it. Almost all of the best Wii games have the option to use the GameCube controller or just avoid using any motion control on the Wiimote, and that number is sadly limited.No matter how much I try, I still don't "get" the fun of motion sensing games. I hate it because it makes me feel like I'm groaning about "kids these days with their crazy play station TV games" but really I just don't find it very intuitive.
And yet Europeans make up a huge chunk of Israel's tourism industry.Typically US journalists report the nationality of small foreign companies that are purchased by major US companies. It's just that you only notice it when the acquired company is Israeli. Maybe you have a bug up about Israel? This seems common among Europeans.
Motion control has been thus far very goofy as well. The power of dollar votes :/So Snapchat get an offer of $3 Billion, and these guys get $345 Million? What a ****ed up world we live in....
I never noticed that. You're right. It's not just for Apple, though, and I doubt Steve Jobs's ethnicity has anything to do with it.Relating to Apple's business, why do journalists always seem to be so excited to declare the nationality of the company in question when it is Israel vs when it is other countries? It's not only Macrumors, but other US tech bloggers too.
This is a genuine question, I'm not trying to make a point.
I'm in the UK and just wondering whether in the US there is significant interest in Israeli business activity, or whether it is Apple specific - possibly because Apple didn't make any Israeli-based company acquisitions whilst Syrian-born Jobs at the helm? Or something else?
Interesting theory....This buy is related to USER IDENTIFICATION. So the iTV knows which member of the family is using it, and can adjust settings, services, content accordingly.
As much as I want to, I really don't see gesturing as being a good way to control anything except a video game.
- A remote with a few buttons, and built in accelerometer/compass may be the way to go. You just flick it around and follow a cursor on the screen like a mouse.
-Or how about a remote with a curved touchscreen, you swipe your finger over it and follow a cursor on the screen. To type, you look down and the remote and use a virtual keyboard. It would use "paper white" low energy screen, and BLE.
You missed the point completely.So if I bought an iPhone 5S, I actually stole it?
Didn't know if I pay for something it's stolen.
They must have awesome lawyers !!!!Microsoft is doing what they do best. They use a technology then dump the company that made it and continue to use it.
So is that how innovation works now ?If Apple buys primesense, then Apple will own the original invention, the inventors will work for Apple, and thus Microsoft will be the copier.
You don't really get how big corporations work do you? Microsoft didn't invent Kinect either. They licensed it. It's not stealing by a long shot, but a legitimate business practice to acquire other companies. It is how large corporations compensate for the increasing inability to innovate internally. All large corporations do this. Google, Microsoft, Samsung, Apple, Blackberry, the list goes on and on.
I can recommend this little article about big corporations and innovation.So is that how innovation works now ?