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Building on rumors from July, an Israeli financial journal has reported that Apple "finalized the purchase details" on a plan to pay $345 million to acquire 3D motion and machine vision firm PrimeSense.



The report by Calcalist (machine translated by Google) said that "notice of the transaction is expected to be published in the next two weeks."

The acquisition, which neither party has yet confirmed, was said to have been scheduled to occur at the beginning of November, but delayed due to a "legal issue surrounding the partnership of developers."

PrimeSense issued a statement to Reuters saying "we are focused on building a prosperous company while bringing 3D sensing and natural interaction to the mass market in a variety of markets such as interactive living room and mobile devices. We do not comment on what any of our partners, customers or potential customers are doing and we do not relate to rumors or recycled rumors."

Rumors of the deal first cycled this summer, when the same news site described Apple and PrimeSense in "advanced talks" with a $280 million price tag.

PrimeSense makes machine vision products that map out 3D environments and track movements of bodies, faces and facial expressions.



The firm's technology was initially applied in the development Microsoft's Kinect sensor for Xbox 360 games, and has also been used to create 3D models of interior spaces by Matterport, Qualcomm's Vuforia 3D immersive gaming platform (above) and to enable iRobot to develop its Ava healthcare robot with the ability navigate around and interact with people (below).



Calcalist speculated that the technology would be used by Apple in the development of television products or potentially wearable devices.

PrimeSense portrays its technology as involving a sensing device outfitted with both standard color video camera and depth image camera that codes a 3D scene, objects within it and their movements using near infrared light invisible to the human eye. This process is patented under the name "Light Coding."

This camera sensor communicates with an integrated System on a Chip developed by PrimeSense that performs sophisticated analysis of the camera data, enabling the system to map out walls and furniture in a room, capture 3D object shapes, and sense bodies, their position, movements and gestures.

PrimeSense 3D


The initial "Carmine" camera sensor (pictured at top) currently costs around $200 on the company's website, but a recent embedded version referred to as "Capri" delivers a cheaper, improved resolution version in a "tiny form factor" that PrimeSense outlines for use in tablets, TVs, PCs, phones and consumer robotics.

In 2011, Apple previously acquired Israel's flash memory firm Anobit for a reported $400 million.
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A wise move strategically, although a bit late (one must see which company holds the patents, whether this one or MS and which). On the other hand this and Anobit mean no other company might profit from these technologies, which might be useful in a wide range of products, not necessarily only in Cupertino made ones. I hope Apple doesn't scrap development in medical fields, other home appliances from the purchase. The same was true for Anobit and photography. I think some fields might suffer from this lack of innovation and wouldn't be of competition for Cupertino, quite the opposite, they could be furher sources of royalties. Let's see how it pans out. Personally I think the exclusive agreement with Loquimetal would make more sense as it allows the tech to be used in other fields too.
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Interesting. Looks like this scales down to Leap size
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What happens to those who are already using what will now be Apple's technology? Presume they are grandfathered in, but could Apple cut them off from future development?

Sounds like a great buy; hope it leads to more "cool new products" Cook has promised.
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Building on rumors from July, an Israeli financial journal has reported that Apple "finalized the purchase details" on a plan to pay $345 million to acquire 3D motion and machine vision firm PrimeSense.
The firm's technology was initially applied in the development Microsoft's Kinect sensor for Xbox 360 games

Before someone jumps in to ask "what's Microsoft going to do now" they don't use Primesense anymore. MS took development in house and created their own homegrown tech for the Kinect a couple years back.

One other thing of note: Some of Primesense' IP was released to open-source, specifically to OpenN where they were one of the founding members. The company has been a strong proponent for interoperability of natural/organic interfaces that use gestures, sound and body movement for device control. That could now change if the Apple purchase is confirmed.

http://www.openni.org/
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Holy cow. Another smart move on Apple's part. Keep buying those next-gen companies out from under your competitors, Apple. Hooray!

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Before someone jumps in to ask "what's Microsoft going to do now" they don't use Primesense anymore. MS took development in house and created their own homegrown tech for the Kinect a couple years back.

One other thing of note: Some of Primesense' IP was released to open-source, specifically to OpenN where they were one of the founding members. The company has been a strong proponent for interoperability of natural/organic interfaces that use gestures, sound and body movement for device control. That could now change if the Apple purchase is confirmed.

http://www.openni.org/

 

AFAIK, Apple is under no obligation to maintain open source arrangements if they acquire valuable IP in the course of buying businesses. Existing arrangements as far as licensing agreements with other businesses may or may not survive the sale of the company. It just depends on the agreements.

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Some of Primesense' IP was released to open-source, specifically to OpenN where they were one of the founding members. The company has been a strong proponent for interoperability of natural/organic interfaces that use gestures, sound and body movement for device control. That could now change if the Apple purchase is confirmed.

http://www.openni.org/

 

It is "Open NI" for natural interface, and it isn’t an open copy of PrimeSense "IP." It’s an interoperability standard designed to allow different companies to make cameras that work similarly with the PS midldeware/SoCs. 

 

When Apple bought NeXT there was something called OpenStep, but it no longer mattered once Apple delivered OS X.

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Good move on Apple's part!

 

Apple bought AuthenTec a little over a year ago, and Touch ID already made it's way into the new iPhone 5s.

 

I'm expecting to see an Apple product utilizing this PrimeSense 3d tech sometime in 2014.

 

Bring it on!

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Note that Apple already has a patent on the 3D Machine Vision technology used by Microsoft's XBox Kinect.

Since Microsoft has a license to all of Apple's technology with the stipulation to not copy Apple, Microsoft and Apple are getting along.

With this purchase, Apple further controls the 3D machine vision technology. It may thus use it in future products.

Of course this acquisition will block Samsung's attempts to copy Apple.
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At about 0:48 into the first movie (in the article), they (Qualcom):
  • take a picture of a toy figure
  • create a 3D animated model
  • include it as a character participating in a live game.

Consider this -- What if you could:
  • take individual pictures of you and your friends
  • create a 3D animated models
  • include you and your friends as characters participating in a live game.

Or even better, you and your friends as characters participating in a live action movie...

Or a guided tour of, say Tivoli Gardens or Disneyland Paris...

Or play soccer with...

Or ???

Here are some more videos at 9to5mac:

[URL=http://************/2013/11/17/apple-reportedly-purchases-primesense-the-israeli-3d-body-sensor-firm-behind-microsoft-kinect-for-345m/]http://************/2013/11/17/apple-reportedly-purchases-primesense-the-israeli-3d-body-sensor-firm-behind-microsoft-kinect-for-345m/[/URL]

Edit: I have repeatedly tried posting a link to the 925Mac forum that shows some more videos...

But AI is apparently filtering the URLs???

Anyway just go to the 925mac.com site.
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I am beginning to think that M&A (and integration) of key technology may be what sets Apple apart from the competition.

Oddly, in Steve Jobs' original term, Apple had a tremendous NIH attitude.

The acquisition of NeXT (and the return of Jobs) signaled a change in Apple's opinion of the technology field.

A great change, IMO!
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At about 0:48 into the first movie (in the article), they (Qualcom):
  • take a picture of a toy figure
  • create a 3D animated model
  • include it as a character participating in a live game.

Consider this -- What if you could:
  • take individual pictures of you and your friends
  • create a 3D animated models
  • include you and your friends as characters participating in a live game.

Or even better, you and your friends as characters participating in a live action movie...

Or a guided tour of, say Tivoli Gardens or Disneyland Paris...

Or play soccer with...

Or ???

Here are some more videos at 9to5mac:


http://************/2013/11/17/apple-reportedly-purchases-primesense-the-israeli-3d-body-sensor-firm-behind-microsoft-kinect-for-345m/

 

I think Apple will make a major play for the living room (and I'm not saying there will ever be a stand-alone TV by Apple) with either a new AppleTV or add-on that will rival the Microsoft and Samsung solutions. I foresee greater connection between iOS devices and TVs and a seamless experience for users, from apps and games to FaceTime to whatever else comes next.

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What happens to those who are already using what will now be Apple's technology? Presume they are grandfathered in, but could Apple cut them off from future development?

Sounds like a great buy; hope it leads to more "cool new products" Cook has promised.

Apple when they acquired Authentec gave all the clients 6 months to find other alternatives to Authentec for there products after which they were cut off cold. See here.

I would highly doubt that Apple would not do the same with Prime Sense.  They also did the same with Anobit and there memory tec chips for high speed memory control which also lengthen the useful lifespan of flash memory.

 

Apple typically takes the engineering talent from the companies it purchases and moves them into apples engineering group, they don't waste the talent, which is the important part.

 

In an anobits case they built a brand new research center in Israel for them and began a mass job hire to fill positions there.


Edited by Mechanic - 11/17/13 at 12:01pm
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At about 0:48 into the first movie (in the article), they (Qualcom):
  • take a picture of a toy figure
  • create a 3D animated model
  • include it as a character participating in a live game.

Consider this -- What if you could:
  • take individual pictures of you and your friends
  • create a 3D animated models
  • include you and your friends as characters participating in a live

    Edit: I have repeatedly tried posting a link to the 925Mac forum that shows some more videos...

    But AI is apparently filtering the URLs???

    Anyway just go to the 925mac.com site.

Thx for the link. Even the house of the future has some dated tech. I doubt you'll have to click and drag slowly to make a shipping list.
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At about 0:48 into the first movie (in the article), they (Qualcom):
  • take a picture of a toy figure
  • create a 3D animated model
  • include it as a character participating in a live game.


Consider this -- What if you could:
  • take individual pictures of you and your friends
  • create a 3D animated models
  • include you and your friends as characters participating in a live game.


Or even better, you and your friends as characters participating in a live action movie...


Or a guided tour of, say Tivoli Gardens or Disneyland Paris...


Or play soccer with...


Or ???


Here are some more videos at 9to5mac:


[URL=http:/2013/11/17/apple-reportedly-purchases-primesense-the-israeli-3d-body-sensor-firm-behind-microsoft-kinect-for-345m/]http://************/2013/11/17/apple-reportedly-purchases-primesense-the-israeli-3d-body-sensor-firm-behind-microsoft-kinect-for-345m/[/URL]

I think Apple will make a major play for the living room (and I'm not saying there will ever be a stand-alone TV by Apple) with either a new AppleTV or add-on that will rival the Microsoft and Samsung solutions. I foresee greater connection between iOS devices and TVs and a seamless experience for users, from apps and games to FaceTime to whatever else comes next.

I agree that it is not likely that Apple will enter the TV Set business -- though, I could see Apple offering large 4K displays.

The first video at the 925mac.com site shows facial recognition (security, ecommerce). An example is a couple walking past a store window showing a large display. The store is closed. The display shows a full-size image of the woman, and she tries on a blouse then purchases it for later pickup or delivery. No phone, no tablet, no wallet, no fuss, no muss no bother -- just her.

At another point in that video it shows an iPad app using a camera to do an interactive 3D room layout... There is already a iPad app that does a limited version of this. Think of how this could be used by an interior designer, furniture salesman, architect, store layout including iBeacon placement....
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I agree that it is not likely that Apple will enter the TV Set business -- though, I could see Apple offering large 4K displays.

One of the videos at the 925mac.com site shows facial recognition (security, ecommerce). An example is a couple walking past a store window showing a large display. The store is closed. The display shows a full-size image of the woman, and she tries on a blouse then purchases it for later pickup or delivery. No phone, no tablet, no wallet, no fuss, no muss no bother -- just her.

 

Not a bad series of concepts in that video. I liked the modified Roomba and the idea that stores could retain a virtual "you" to view clothing options. I don't see that happening at the street level, but it's intriguing. 

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Before someone jumps in to ask "what's Microsoft going to do now" they don't use Primesense anymore. 

 

It never crossed my mind. Apple and Microsoft cross license each others patents. They are more alike than you think.

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It never crossed my mind. Apple and Microsoft cross license each others patents. They are more alike than you think.

 

This is true to a degree. They don't cross-license all patents.

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I agree that it is not likely that Apple will enter the TV Set business -- though, I could see Apple offering large 4K displays.


One of the videos at the 925mac.com site shows facial recognition (security, ecommerce). An example is a couple walking past a store window showing a large display. The store is closed. The display shows a full-size image of the woman, and she tries on a blouse then purchases it for later pickup or delivery. No phone, no tablet, no wallet, no fuss, no muss no bother -- just her.

Not a bad series of concepts in that video. I liked the modified Roomba and the idea that stores could retain a virtual "you" to view clothing options. I don't see that happening at the street level, but it's intriguing. 

Agree! It is more likely at the in-store level.

Here's a shopping scenario:
  • you select some items in the store by tapping your iPhone on product screens presented (determined by a nearby iBeacons)
  • then you approach the iPad checkout station which is aware of the [potential] purchases (it doesn't know who you are)
  • the iPad checkout includes a mobile PrimeSense camera that performs facial recognition
  • it sends that [encrypted] to your iPhone
  • your iPhone decides that it is you (the fatal recognition matches) and presents a detail bill/receipt
  • you tap OK and electronic (iTunes?) payment is made

I can see a version of this working at street level, because there is little risk as no money/merchandise has changed hands until shipment or pickup.
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This acquisition signals Apple's move into the Video games and TV.

Apple's acquisition of Siri signaled the later roll out of this App as their entrance into the search market.

Other than communication, the main use of mobile devices is for entertainment.

Apple must start offering compelling new graphic based technologies or face falling behind the competition.

The more graphic technology that is employed the greater the requirement for robust GPU based Cloud processing.

Only AMD and Nvidia have the GPU IP required for high level Cloud processing.

Only AMD and Intel have the vast experience in providing server chips

The HSA innovations that AMD is integrating into their next gen server chips, should give them an advantage over the competition.
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This acquisition signals Apple's move into the Video games and TV.

Apple's acquisition of Siri signaled the later roll out of this App as their entrance into the search market.

Other than communication, the main use of mobile devices is for entertainment.

Apple must start offering compelling new graphic based technologies or face falling behind the competition.

The more graphic technology that is employed the greater the requirement for robust GPU based Cloud processing.

Only AMD and Nvidia have the GPU IP required for high level Cloud processing.

Only AMD and Intel have the vast experience in providing server chips

The HSA innovations that AMD is integrating into their next gen server chips, should give them an advantage over the competition.


I suspect that this has more to do with the purchase of WiFiSLAM (indoor navigation and location), security and ecommerce -- than games and TV.

You have a chip and a technology that can do live facial recognition. Similar, in a way to TouchID, the chip/app on your iDevice can build and store an encrypted profile of your facial scan.

Then a device like an iPad checkout terminal (cash register/CC reader replacement) can do an independent facial scan and send it to your iDevice. Your iDevice decides that the received scan is, or is not a match. If a match, your iDevice alerts you, and you decide if you want to provide personal data to identify yourself to the checkout terminal... or purchase anonymously through iTunes.

Sure it could also be used for games and TV -- but I suspect there are a lot more interactions between people and the outside world than people and their TVs.
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OPENSTEP is a Specification released and GNUStep if it ever got proper funding would have supported it completely to run on any OS.
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This is true to a degree. They don't cross-license all patents.

 

Apple doesn't cross-license patents that are vital to what they want to do.

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OPENSTEP is a Specification released and GNUStep if it ever got proper funding would have supported it completely to run on any OS.

Well NeXT's OPENSTEP ran on lots of platforms. But as you know OS X wasn't intended to be an implementation of OpenStep, so there's little point in GNUStep existing. It's not as if Linux needs another UI.

The original point was that whatever Apple might want to do with PrimeSense could well leave OpenNI similarly irrelevant.
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Dick,   IF Apple was really focused on  e-commerce,  they would be doing a lot more with near field communication. 

 

Apple already has a finger print reader technology for  security on their devices.

 

You do NOT  really understand the technology that was purchased.

 

You do NOT understand  WHY people purchase Apple devices.

 

Most people buy Apple  devices because of the  intuitive USER INTERFACE.

 

The intelligent commentary in most of the articles  concerns  what is known as  NATURAL USER INTERFACE (U.I.)

 

Apple knows that the  living room/TV market is a HUGE market, and MSFT  is first out  with a verbal controlled U.I., that also employs gesture controls.

 

While SIRI is voice controlled,  the UI  is  touch based.   

 

The evolution of the UI towards voice and and  motion control is much more useful for the largest screen in everyone's life.

 

Almost everyone has a TV,  and the UI is abysmal.

 

This is why Apple has been working on a  solution for the TV market for the last few  years.

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Let's hope Apple doesn't try to make this into the ultimate Nielsen ratings box like Microsoft is trying to do with the Xbox One.

 

The whole TV industry in North-America (and many other places in the world) is built around a very archaic survey system for TV ratings that fails to adequately account for new ways of accessing media content.

 

Though you can now opt out of it, Microsoft plans to use the Kinect during TV watching from various sources to give content providers access to unprecedented data about viewers. This has tremendous value to them as they're trying to save an industry on the verge of collapse.

 

Advertisers will be able to know how many people are there in the room, their approximate age and gender, who is actually watching, and what are their emotional reaction to the content/ad they are looking at.

 

Maybe it's just me but that crosses the line into "creepy" territory. Of course Microsoft will say that this data will remain anonymous, but I don't like the idea of them building a database of my emotional reaction to image/audio/video content. I can tolerate some level of manipulation coming from ads, but to me this is going too far.


Edited by VL-Tone - 11/17/13 at 2:59pm
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Dick,   IF Apple was really focused on  e-commerce,  they would be doing a lot more with near field communication. 

Apple is doing a lot with e-commerce... Especially NFC -- they just killed it with iBeacons.

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Apple already has a finger print reader technology for  security on their devices.


The use of the PrimeSense technology, as I described it, has to do with securing/identifying an external device like an iPad cash register with the secure (TouchID) data on your device... "It takes two to tango" securely.

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You do NOT  really understand the technology that was purchased.

I suspect I understand it as well as you do!

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You do NOT understand  WHY people purchase Apple devices.

I have been purchasing Apple devices since 1978 (Apple ][). I have been observing/working with Apple since 1978 as: costumer; user; dealer/reseller;  supplier;  co-developer on a project •;  OSX Developer;  iOS Developer.

* This was a Point-Of-Sale replacement for the cash register for Apple Dealers using the Mac and LaserWriter.

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Most people buy Apple  devices because of the  intuitive USER INTERFACE.

I suspect I understand what motivates people to buy Apple. In my 11 years as a Computer dealer (including Apple) we had international customers such as Daimler/Benz, EMI Thorne, Schlumberger/Fairchild, Intel, National Semi, IBM, Apple, Xerox, HP...

Our household of 2 adults and 3 teenagers is all Apple currently we use:  3 iMacs;  3 Mac Minis;  an AluBook 17",  3 AppleTVs; 2 Airport Express routers; iPhone 5S, iPhone 5C, iPhone 5;  iPhone 4S (2); iPad 4; iPad 3; iPad Mini; iPad 2 (2)... a bunch of older iPhones aPads and iPods...

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The intelligent commentary in most of the articles  concerns  what is known as  NATURAL USER INTERFACE (U.I.)

Apple knows that the  living room/TV market is a HUGE market, and MSFT  is first out  with a verbal controlled U.I., that also employs gesture controls.

While SIRI is voice controlled,  the UI  is  touch based.   

The evolution of the UI towards voice and and  motion control is much more useful for the largest screen in everyone's life.

Almost everyone has a TV,  and the UI is abysmal.

This is why Apple has been working on a  solution for the TV market for the last few  years.


Yeah, so... As I stated, the technology, certainly, has applications in games and TV...


That doesn't preclude the use of the same [or a variant of the] technology for ecommerce. Tim Cook has business training, and a business background. I am sure he is aware of the business potential of this technology.   The purchase of WiFiSLAM supports this as it is aimed at indoor location and navigation -- much applicability to business/ecommerce -- little to TV or gaming UEX.
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Since you can opt out... Who cares.

 

What the Xbox One, and future competing  "smart" boxes will do is allow people to respond directly to TV ads thru the interactive nature of these devices.

 

This interactivity will appeal to many people, and not to others.   

 

But,  the interactive abilities will allow for much greater range of communication between advertisers and their intended audience.

 

If you are  "in the market"  for a new  auto, phone, vacation, whatever,  ads can be targeted to your wishes, which is much  better than ads that are NOT of any interest to you.

 

A  more targeted approach to advertising is more efficient, and should be more helpful to the viewer.

 

Except for live sports,  and news,  most  viewers will  opt towards watching content on demand.     

 

Ads that supply  info that a viewer is interested in receiving will  not be so intrusive and obnoxious.    

 

Viewers will be able to click/speak to  on an advertisement requesting more info.    That request  might discontinue any further ads during that show.

 

Interactive TV   allows  a huge range of possibilities to make advertising more efficient,  while providing a superior experience to  the viewer.

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Apple and Microsoft cross license each others patents. They are more alike than you think.

Hardly. I fully recognize just how alike they are.
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post #32 of 59
We can speculate all we want about where Apple is going with this purchase, as I'm sure Apple's competitors are doing as well... BUT Apple has a long range plan that this is but one checkoff on a long list. When everything moves into place and people outside of Apple can see what's coming down, it will be years too late for the potential competition to do squat about it.

We'll know it has happened because all the CEOs of whatever companies presently enjoy the market Apple is targeting, will all have a great laugh and dismiss Apple as a fool.
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One other thing: I've been impressed with how little Apple pays for the technology they buy. Compared to what Google spends, Apple spends about a tenth as much.

Does anyone know where there is a list of the 15 companies Apple has most recently purchased??
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Does anyone know where there is a list of the 15 companies Apple has most recently purchased??

As always with Wikipedia one can't be sure of its complete accuracy but I'd trust it more than the average tech site list: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_mergers_and_acquisitions_by_Apple
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Not that it may really mean anything but PrimeSense says the report of Apple buying them is an old recycled rumor.
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Not that it may really mean anything but PrimeSense says the report of Apple buying them is an old recycled rumor.

Do you have a link? The last thing I read was they denied comment.
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Apple is in a unique position to greatly improve and industrialize the PrimeSense technologies and bring them to the masses in a wide variety of exquisite products.

With its acquisitions from C3 Technologies, Passif Semiconductor, WiFiSlam, IMSense, AlgoTrim, FingerWorks, SIRI amongst others, Apple can greatly improve the size, form factor, power consumption, the 3D imaging/recognition accuracy and user interfaces of the PrimeSense Capri, not to mention software, graphics, imaging and object/sound recognition improvements in the existing core foundation and addition of rich Objective-C APIs on top.  The possibilities are limitless.  

Easier said than done but... Think Star Trek holographic technologies.  (Holodeck)

Later on, the Anki guys can start working on advanced robots like Data from Star Trek. lol.  Seriously... The new 3D sensors and API will be great for Anki.


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Do you have a link? The last thing I read was they denied comment.

Engadget.
http://www.engadget.com/2013/11/17/apple-primesense-2/

FWIW AllThingsD also reports it not (yet) a done deal.
http://allthingsd.com/20131117/apple-aiming-at-primesense-acquisition-but-deal-is-not-yet-done/
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Not that it may really mean anything but PrimeSense says the report of Apple buying them is an old recycled rumor.

 

I think it's a done deal.

PrimeSense has already been added to the Wikipedia list of Apple mergers and acquisitions. :)

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_mergers_and_acquisitions_by_Apple

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I think it's a done deal.
PrimeSense has already been added to the Wikipedia list of Apple mergers and acquisitions. 1smile.gif
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_mergers_and_acquisitions_by_Apple

Oh well that's different. Once it's listed on Wikipedia. . .1biggrin.gif
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