Apple set to buy Kinect technology for £185m

Apple is set to drop £185m on Kinect-style technology by buying the company behind Microsoft's arm-waving gaming.

Apple is set to drop £185m on Kinect -style technology, according to new reports.

Calcalist reports Apple is prepared to fork out $280 million for the company behind the sensor technology in the motion-detecting Kinect gaming accessory for the Microsoft Xbox 360 and forthcoming Xbox One .

Probably the most likely candidate in the Apple portfolio to be Kinect-ed up is Apple TV -- or rather Apple's long-rumoured reinvention of the humble telly . Inevitably -- but problematically, at least in the UK -- dubbed iTV, the hotly-anticipated Apple take on TV could be controlled by hand gestures if the buy goes ahead.

Israel-based company PrimeSense is involved in the sensor technology that powers the arm-flailing Kinect, which reads your movements and translates it into movement or control in the game you're playing.

Microsoft was happy to license the technology from PrimeSense for Kinect, but Apple is having none of that carry-on. With a mountain of cash in the iVaults , Apple is set to fork out for the whole kit and caboodle instead.

If Apple does assimilate PrimeSense into the fruit-flavoured Cupertino collective, it's unclear what that'll mean for other companies licensing PrimeSense tech, such as Asus, iRobot and many more.

Would you like to wave your arms at an Apple? What Apple kit would benefit from Kinect connection? Tell me your thoughts in the comments or flail around alarmingly on our well-connected Facebook page.

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Rich Trenholm is a senior editor at CNET where he covers everything from phones to bionic implants. Based in London since 2007, he has travelled the world seeking out the latest and best consumer technology for your enjoyment.

 

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