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Apple reportedly buys 3D motion sensor technology used in Microsoft Kinect

Apple has reportedly bought PrimeSense, the Israeli technology company that engineered Microsoft’s original Kinect motion sensor, for $345 million (£214.3 million).

The Xbox One was bad news for Primesense, who were dropped by Microsoft after developers decided that the latest version of the Kinect sensor could be built without the Tel Aviv-based company’s help.

However, having already swooped in to pilfer BlackBerry’s redundant workforce last month, Apple proved its opportunistic streak once more by quickly snapping up the firm following its dismissal by Microsoft.

The news was reported by Israeli newspaper Calcalist, but Apple has yet to confirm the report with some sources claiming that no one has yet signed on the dotted line and the deal is not yet finalised. It is believed that the acquisition, if it happens, will be announced officially within the next two weeks.

Still, lack of confirmation has not stopped the rumour mill churning into overdrive about just what Apple intends to do with the motion sensor technology. A popular whisper is that the electronics giant will try to implement the technology in an upcoming television product, pushing into the living room space using PrimeSense.

Kinect and TV sensors are not the only devices in which PrimeSense technology can be found, however. The company’s technology is currently used in more than 20 million devices worldwide, which include smartphones and tablets. So could we see motion sensor technology in an upcoming iPad or iPhone? Who knows.

It seems technology companies are becoming more inventive in their quests to engineer more innovative electronic devices, with many companies like LG racing to engineer curved smartphones and Samsung even planning a Galaxy with a wraparound three-sided display.