Last month, Apple (NASDAQ:AAPL) confirmed its acquisition of 3D vision and motion-sensing technology company PrimeSense after months of speculation. According to All Things D’s insider sources, Apple paid approximately $360 million for the Israel-based company. Many Apple watchers believe that Apple is planning on implementing PrimeSense’s 3D vision and motion-sensing technologies into a long-rumored television set.
PrimeSense is perhaps best known for its previous supplier relationship with Microsoft (NASDAQ:MSFT). PrimeSense supplied the 3D vision and gesture technology that powered Microsoft’s Xbox 360 Kinect system. As explained on the PrimeSense’s website, the technology “translates…observations into a synchronized image stream (depth and color) — just like humans do. It then takes those synchronized images and translates them into information.” Patently Apple recently uncovered some of the other key PrimeSense technologies that Apple may soon be utilizing for a so-called “iTV” or other revolutionary new product.
As noted on its website, PrimeSense was already working with “leading consumer electronics and content brands” to develop “naturally interactive entertainment and remote control-free interfaces” that were integrated directly into televisions. Patently Apple found several PrimeSense patents that cover various technologies that Apple might use for a future television set, including a patent that allows users to control a television with their eyes and another patent that allows users to interact with a television by moving their hands in a defined “interaction region in space.”