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Apple Officializes Purchase of Motion-Sensor Firm PrimeSense

timothy posted about 9 months ago | from the have-it-wrapped-and-delivered dept.

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The reports that Apple was to buy Israeli 3-D sensor maker PrimeSense have turned out to be correct; the BBC reports that Apple has confirmed the purchase, though it is mum both about the price it paid and about where 3D sensors are likely to show up first in the Apple lineup. Also at the Register and Apple Insider, among others.

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The next UI (4, Funny)

SuperKendall (25149) | about 9 months ago | (#45512313)

I don't know what form the next wave of UI will take, but I do hope it doesn't involve me carrying around miniature semaphore flags [wikipedia.org] .

Re:The next UI (1)

noh8rz10 (2716597) | about 9 months ago | (#45512395)

The future is now. Siri + PrimeSense + iBeacons = Minority Report

Re:The next UI (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 9 months ago | (#45513299)

Or just get an Xbone, which does all of that shit out of the box.

This is yet another example of Apple trying to jump on the bandwagon after it's left.

Re:The next UI (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 9 months ago | (#45513439)

Maybe, but you stil won't get to use it when the bluray drive craps out. http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/technology-25087517 [bbc.co.uk]

Apple aren't the greatest company, but at least they can make an occasional product that doesn't fail immediately.

Re:The next UI (1)

jones_supa (887896) | about 9 months ago | (#45515321)

Sadly, they seem to have gone with the low-frequency PWM [apple.com] route for their laptop screens.

2008 says hello (1)

SuperKendall (25149) | about 9 months ago | (#45515835)

Yeah, that might have been an issue back in 2008 when your link was from, but time heals all wounds - and repairs many electronic defects.

Here in modern times we have LED displays that do not have that issue.

Re:2008 says hello (2)

Pinky's Brain (1158667) | about 9 months ago | (#45516761)

That's the point though, they both fuck up pretty often when introducing new technology. Apple suffered from NVIDIA chips solder joint problems as well. Magsafe, great idea for connecting power cords to deep friers, shame that when Apple used it on laptops they forgot about strain relief. etc.

They both have no shortage of disasters.

Re:2008 says hello (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 9 months ago | (#45517197)

Apple suffered from NVIDIA chips solder joint problems as well.

Yes, and they replaced my 2007 MBP's logic board in 2011 for free!

Re:The next UI (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 9 months ago | (#45519409)

Maybe, but you stil won't get to use it when the bluray drive craps out. http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/technology-25087517 [bbc.co.uk]

Apple aren't the greatest company, but at least they can make an occasional product that doesn't fail immediately.

Do you people have to do this *every* time? If somebody suggested a PS4 you would link to their DOA failures, if somebody suggested an iPhone it would probably be Apple Maps. Yes virtually every product has some failing, we get it and it doesnt add anything to the conversation, it is just needless trolling.

Re:The next UI (4, Funny)

Samantha Wright (1324923) | about 9 months ago | (#45512709)

A loud clatter of gunk music flooded through the Heart of Gold cabin as Zaphod searched the sub-etha radio wavebands for news of himself. The machine was rather difficult to operate. For years radios had been operated by means of pressing buttons and turning dials; then as the technology became more sophisticated the controls were made touch-sensitive—you merely had to brush the panels with your fingers; now all you had to do was wave your hand in the general direction of the components and hope. It saved a lot of muscular expenditure of course, but meant that you had to sit infuriatingly still if you wanted to keep listening to the same programme.

Re:The next UI (1)

Nerdfest (867930) | about 9 months ago | (#45513125)

... and remember that Adams was a big Apple fan. Maybe he really could see the future.

Re:The next UI (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 9 months ago | (#45515493)

No.. I believe the flags would in the computer you just have to imagine that you are holding them virtually.

Good thing clippy never got ahold of that stuff... (3, Funny)

RandomUsername99 (574692) | about 9 months ago | (#45512341)

Good thing clippy never got ahold of that stuff... I can see it now: Screen real estate and click blocking modal screen that says "Hello! You appear to be masturbating! Would you like me to a) order you a lube refill from amazon.com, b) give you a list of porn sites based on Alexa ratings, c) turn on your webcam, or d) enact your FREE TRIAL to e-harmony..."

Re:Good thing clippy never got ahold of that stuff (1)

Horshu (2754893) | about 9 months ago | (#45512577)

Still holding on to Clippy jokes, are we?

Re:Good thing clippy never got ahold of that stuff (1)

Anonymous Coward | about 9 months ago | (#45512645)

Some things just never get old.

Re:Good thing clippy never got ahold of that stuff (2)

TrollstonButterbeans (2914995) | about 9 months ago | (#45512677)

Your stereotype of Clippy is less helpful than the Clippy I remember.

Any proper Clippy should offer to improve on technique because he was all about maximizing productivity of the task you are focused on.

Re:Good thing clippy never got ahold of that stuff (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 9 months ago | (#45512949)

Newspaper Clippy went mad on this article, putting two and two two-gather came up with a rather lippy clippy, moreso than Tzivy Lipnys warrant evasion!

IRSrealli companies proportionate to "others" seem to get the bulk of the sweetest of sweet contracts, M&M`s, M&A`s, as well as their illegal nuclear weapons program, and their weaponisation of space (Mars Barr, anyone?)

One might well get *clipped round the ears*(youtube.com/watch?v=BOdEAaoIs_U) for seconding this, but the biggest thing that stux out of Clippy`s clipping was the "israeli Insider Trading" and the utter-lack-of-proportionality(ratio of israeli contractors vs others)-when considering AKAMAI,AMDOCS,ONAVO, and on and on and on and, "WHAMPOAH! yu get slapped with a gefulte fish!"
israeli-linked-insider-trading allegations are just the tip of the icelandic banking crisis, like the natural-gas-fields-of-Gaza, the israelis got the rigs marketed, and markets rigged.
"a diamond a day keeps Congo in hospital"- Yamaha Zuma
"gday mite, whats up?" "aw, uranium and gold" -Rupert Murdereroch to Janet Yellin

Back to you, MadMax!

Re:Good thing clippy never got ahold of that stuff (1)

gstoddart (321705) | about 9 months ago | (#45514161)

Your stereotype of Clippy is less helpful than the Clippy I remember.

You remember a 'helpful' Clippy? I mostly remember "it seems you are type, would you like a tutorial on that?".

In other words, completely useless and quite the opposite of 'helpful'.

Re:Good thing clippy never got ahold of that stuff (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 9 months ago | (#45515289)

You know Microsoft has full access to all of PrimeSense's patents right? They made this thing called Kinect with the technology.

Re:Good thing clippy never got ahold of that stuff (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 9 months ago | (#45519069)

order you a lube refill from amazon.com

That seems more like what it might do for Ubuntu users.

Re:Good thing clippy never got ahold of that stuff (1)

drakesword (3203755) | about 9 months ago | (#45522651)

You forgot chatroulette

Yay, more half baked products! (0, Flamebait)

Anonymous Coward | about 9 months ago | (#45512361)

Just for once...

I'd like to hear about Apple doubling down on their internal quality control (which barely exists anymore) and spending some money on solidifying their existing products and IP. Get rid of that fucking yearly release schedule that forces their teams to work on "new" half baked features for the next release (rather then fixing all the bugs in the current release), and actually start releasing STABLE platforms that people can rely on again. Make sure that any feature you do include in a new release is actually well thought out (tags in 10.9 aren't, and of course they removed the perfectly valid file highlighting to make way for that) and include 99% of the features that anything you're replacing had.

I could frankly care less about this PrimeSense bullshit, and I dread whatever product Apple is trying to stuff it into next. I just want them to fix the stuff they already have, and start releasing hardware and software that I can stop worrying about ("is the next upgrade going to break all my software again?"... "what features that I rely on today are they going to remove tomorrow?"... "what horrible design decisions are they going to force on me next month?"...).

Officializes??? (5, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | about 9 months ago | (#45512379)

Really?

Re: Officializes??? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 9 months ago | (#45512557)

Yeah I know, right? 'Confirms' would have sufficed.

Re: Officializes??? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 9 months ago | (#45512643)

Yeah I know, right? 'Confirms' would have sufficed.

No, it should be 'Consecrates', you heathens!

-- Message posted from an iPad

Re:Officializes??? (3, Informative)

Jimbookis (517778) | about 9 months ago | (#45512675)

Timothy, you complete numpty. "Officially Confirms" is perfectly cromulent.

Re:Officializes??? (4, Insightful)

u38cg (607297) | about 9 months ago | (#45512923)

Or indeed, just "confirms".

Re:Officializes??? (1)

TooTechy (191509) | about 9 months ago | (#45514255)

Wow. This certainly embiggened my vocabulary today.

Re:Officializes??? (-1)

Anonymous Coward | about 9 months ago | (#45513005)

English is just French with a weird grammar (about 30% of the English words are French).

Re:Officializes??? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 9 months ago | (#45513017)

That goes in the same pot with "Burglarize".

Re:Officializes??? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 9 months ago | (#45513181)

Seriouswise bad wordpickingness.

Soon, the internet will bring a dictionary and thesaurus to one's desktop terminal!

Re:Officializes??? (2)

Krymzn (1812686) | about 9 months ago | (#45513303)

They clearly meant "officificates".

Re:Officializes??? (2)

khakipuce (625944) | about 9 months ago | (#45513495)

Completes? makes official?

Although apparently some US Professor once said "any noun can be verbed"... ... not on this side of the pond matey!

Re:Officializes??? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 9 months ago | (#45515691)

http://www.gocomics.com/calvinandhobbes/1993/01/25#.UpN-zsTEOAk

Re:Officializes??? (1)

Jane Q. Public (1010737) | about 9 months ago | (#45516977)

Another perfectly good adjective verbified.

Oops. I just adjectivified a verb. Damn, now I just... sigh. Never mind.

Re:Officializes??? (1)

DNAgent (31914) | about 9 months ago | (#45519779)

In the immortal words of Calvin, "verbing weirds language".

Re:Officializes??? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 9 months ago | (#45587201)

Yes, as in lies and official lies. A bit odd that it's being used in place of "confirms" like the summary uses but this is a Slashdot title.

boners (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | about 9 months ago | (#45512381)

Roses are red,
grass is greener.

When I read Slashdot,
I play with my weiner.

Re:boners (-1)

Anonymous Coward | about 9 months ago | (#45512519)

Most excellent! Hope you get modded up for that one!

Re:boners (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 9 months ago | (#45512891)

At least he got modded. Sweet.

Re:boners (-1)

Anonymous Coward | about 9 months ago | (#45512531)

that's hot

Awesome, looking forward to it (1)

OhANameWhatName (2688401) | about 9 months ago | (#45512399)

where 3D sensors are likely to show up first in the Apple lineup

My bet is on the iPod shuffle. Adjusting the pounding base depending upon muscle constriction in the surrounding environment.

Re:Awesome, looking forward to it (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 9 months ago | (#45514205)

"Adjusting the pounding base"

It's bass. Seriously, can none of you people with 7 digit IDs navigate the English language?

Re:Awesome, looking forward to it (1)

gstoddart (321705) | about 9 months ago | (#45514391)

Adjusting the pounding base depending upon muscle constriction in the surrounding environment.

So, teledildonics then?

Motion sensor? (5, Insightful)

WarJolt (990309) | about 9 months ago | (#45512469)

Calling PrimeSense technology a "Motion-sensor" is like calling an iPhone a music player. Technically true; It can do that, but it doesn't really describe the product very well.

Re:Motion sensor? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 9 months ago | (#45513019)

too bleddy RIGHT mate! I saw a short video a few years ago where Tokyo University students were using integrated sensors (early "smartphones"), and they made some kind of hologram which actuated liquid-surfaces, creating much more than ripples! This is YEARS AGO, mind dyou.........

anything the israelis build, you can bet you bottom-dollar they have dual/triple/quadruple uses for it....
20 years ago, phone billing software was sooo cool, the israelis cornered the market (amdocs), and then along came Snowdon.

Re:Motion sensor? (1)

iMadeGhostzilla (1851560) | about 9 months ago | (#45515797)

This is true. PS technology is depth sensing. A webcam-based device can sense motion and still have no clue about anything but changes in illumination, where Kinect (1) knows distances of solid surfaces from itself.

Also it's interesting that yours is one of the few posts here related to the technology and not grammar. I think it shows the tech still needs a killer app to occupy the mindspace of the public.

Officializes? (2)

Thong (218859) | about 9 months ago | (#45512481)

Are you serious?

Bypass touch screens (1)

fustakrakich (1673220) | about 9 months ago | (#45512541)

It will keep the greasy fingers off.

Goyim don't see it coming (0)

Suiggy (1544213) | about 9 months ago | (#45512569)

Heheh, stupid goyim. Soon, their digital tracking devices will be able to detect their positions in 3D space, transmitting reconstructed 3D models of their immediate surroundings directly to our data centers. Our world hegemony is almost complete!

'Officializes' (4, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | about 9 months ago | (#45512629)

I didn't think it was possible for little Timmy to get any worse but this officializes it.

Re: 'Officializes' (2)

binarylarry (1338699) | about 9 months ago | (#45513601)

The word's been encromulized by the holy roman officiate of wordulisms.

They've ruled it's too legit to quit.

Re:'Officializes' (2)

Richy_T (111409) | about 9 months ago | (#45518397)

It's "keeping mum" too. Idioms should be used properly.

The affect on the robotics community... (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 9 months ago | (#45512683)

This will certainly leave a lot of robots blind with so many robotics research labs and companies relying on their sensors.

Kinect (1)

the_cosmocat (1009803) | about 9 months ago | (#45513441)

This is the company that have developed the Kinect for Microsoft. What do you think is the future of the Kinect? Is it in the Microsoft's hands, now?

Re:Kinect (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 9 months ago | (#45513499)

This is the company that built the original sensor that was used inside of Kinect (which was itself a more complex product than just this sensor). The version shipping in the Xbone is not based on this technology.

Re:Kinect (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 9 months ago | (#45514751)

This is the company that built the original sensor that was used inside of Kinect (which was itself a more complex product than just this sensor). The version shipping in the Xbone is not based on this technology.

And this is a little bit funny, Apple buys Microsofts old tech while Microsoft has moved on to a demonstrably better solution (regardless what you think of the new X-box, the new Kinect is obviously much better).

Re:Kinect (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 9 months ago | (#45520513)

This is the company that built the original sensor that was used inside of Kinect (which was itself a more complex product than just this sensor). The version shipping in the Xbone is not based on this technology.

And this is a little bit funny, Apple buys Microsofts old tech while Microsoft has moved on to a demonstrably better solution (regardless what you think of the new X-box, the new Kinect is obviously much better).

Apple didn't buy "Microsofts old tech", they bought the company that developed it years ago when Microsoft couldn't.

Re:Kinect (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 9 months ago | (#45522291)

Get over it fanboi... they bought tech that Microsoft used years ago. Typically Apple, always copying; rarely innovating.

Re:Kinect (2)

tlhIngan (30335) | about 9 months ago | (#45515635)

This is the company that have developed the Kinect for Microsoft. What do you think is the future of the Kinect? Is it in the Microsoft's hands, now?

Yes, it is. A few years ago Microsoft purchased a company doing 3D imaging - they didn't have anything in time for the original Kinect, so Microsoft went PrimeSense there.

However, the Xbone has Kinect 2, which uses a time-of-flight (!) camera to determine depth instead of using structured light. Microsoft basically owns that technology which means we'll probably see tons of Kinect 2 upgraded robots once Microsoft releases a Windows version.

Re:Kinect (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 9 months ago | (#45517297)

That depends. Since Microsoft doesn't [panasonic.biz] own [mesa-imaging.ch] that [softkinetic.com] technology [wikipedia.org] ...

Where will the 3D sensors show up first? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 9 months ago | (#45513489)

My guess is the courtroom.

Re:Where will the 3D sensors show up first? (1)

Goffee71 (628501) | about 9 months ago | (#45514553)

I guess you don't mean lawyers doing dance battles to Psy's latest remix during coffee breaks... since everyone will have a bunch of sensor patents that they want to wave at each other.

verbification strikes out (1)

kermidge (2221646) | about 9 months ago | (#45517205)

Officializes?

No, thanks.

Timothy you did it again (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 9 months ago | (#45521751)

You made up another new word.

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