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Here’s What Apple Could Do With PrimeSense

If indeed it plans to acquire the 3-D-sensing company, as rumors suggest.

Here’s What Apple Could Do With PrimeSense
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A very potent rumor suggests Apple has purchased PrimeSense, the Israeli firm whose 3-D-viewing and gesture-sensing technology made Microsoft’s original Kinect device work. The two companies were in discussions months ago. PrimeSense has issued a statement effectively saying “no comment.”

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PrimeSense is all about gestures and voice control, so its systems could be very well aligned with Apple’s plans to reinvent the TV. But a 3-D gestural interface is something Apple could use for more than just TV. Tiny PrimeSense gesture sensors could enable complex user interactions with iPhones or a smartwatch.

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