Last week saw whispers of a potential acquisition of PrimeSense by Apple turn into audible chatter. This week opens with word that a deal has been made official. Apple will takeover the company behind the technology used in Microsoft’s Kinect for $360 million.
Both parties have confirmed that a deal is indeed in place, but neither is speaking on future plans. Apple has issued a generic statement that typically accompanies news of Cupertino’s acquisitions. PrimeSense fired off a “no comment.”
The $360 million figure surpasses the $345 million price tag associated with the purchase last week. It far surpasses the $280 million PrimeSense was supposedly valued at over the summer.
While Apple’s plans remain somewhat of a mystery, given PrimeSense’s history with motion detection natural user interfaces it would be far fro surprising to see this technology worked into future iOS and Mac products. An obvious first step is developing touch-free controls for Apple products, but as we have seen with the latest iteration of Xbox Kinect, the groundwork for more intriguing and novel methods of device interaction has already been laid.