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Once again, 3D sensor manufacturer PrimeSense denies that it has been bought by Apple

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Once again, 3D sensor manufacturer PrimeSense denies that it has been bought by Apple
For the second time this year, a rumor from an Israeli publication called Calcalist reported that Apple had purchased PrimeSense. And for the second time this year, the alleged suitor shot down the rumor. On Saturday, the published report out of Israel had Cupertino based Apple paying $345 million for the company that developed the technology that is used with the Microsoft Kinect system.

The 3D sensors made by the Israeli company allow a person to control a device by waving his hand in the air. The report says that the deal was scheduled to be signed and then announced at the beginning of the month, but was delayed by legal issues involving the company's unnamed partners.

Back in July, the same Israeli publication published a story that Apple was about to close on the purchase of PrimeSense for a price between $280 million and $300 million. The paper reported that both Samsung and Sony were also sniffing around the company.

In a statement released to Business Insider today, PrimeSense said it does not comment on rumors and called the story a recycled rumor.

"PrimeSense is the leading 3D technology in the market. We are focused on building a prosperous company while bringing 3D sensing and Natural Interaction to the mass market in a variety of markets such as interactive living room and mobile devices. We do not comment on what any of our partners, customers or potential customers are doing and we do not relate to rumors or recycled rumors."-PrimeSense statement

source: Calcalist (translated) via BusinessInsider

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posted on 17 Nov 2013, 11:59 7

1. darkkjedii (Posts: 11053; Member since: 05 Feb 2011)


Apple just admit you plan to use air gestures lol. No biggie.

posted on 17 Nov 2013, 13:38 3

6. tedkord (Posts: 4687; Member since: 17 Jun 2009)


Then we can listen to all the rabid Apple fans who called air gestures on the S4 a gimmick and stupid scream from whiplash as they suddenly decide its the bees knees. Especially over at BGR.

posted on 17 Nov 2013, 16:30

10. darkkjedii (Posts: 11053; Member since: 05 Feb 2011)


Not this one. It's useless on android, it's useless on iOS.

posted on 17 Nov 2013, 22:04

15. tedkord (Posts: 4687; Member since: 17 Jun 2009)


You're not rabid.

posted on 17 Nov 2013, 13:50 8

7. woodshop20 (Posts: 459; Member since: 14 Sep 2013)


Air Gestures are literally useless. And no, I'm not biased against Apple on this one. Even when the GS4 was released I saw that it was a gimmick, the type of thing you show to your friends once and turn it off, never to be used again.

posted on 17 Nov 2013, 14:00 2

8. Napalm_3nema (Posts: 914; Member since: 14 Jun 2013)


They wouldn't be such a gimmick if they worked better. Scrolling and hand gestures are hit and miss on my Note 3, same as they were on my S4, and you have to use the Samsung browser for the scrolling, which sucks.

posted on 17 Nov 2013, 16:28

9. ihavenoname (Posts: 1376; Member since: 18 Aug 2013)


+1 to all four above.

posted on 17 Nov 2013, 21:13

14. Long1 (banned) (Posts: 399; Member since: 18 May 2013)


@ 8. Napalm_3nema
You DON'T HAVE Note 3 iBoy. Nice try to fool us though. (old iTrick)
Well , we know that only Apple can make it "right" and "just work".
So take it easy, and go back to your cave.

posted on 17 Nov 2013, 18:53

11. JakeLee (Posts: 1001; Member since: 02 Nov 2013)


You are not....... what?

Remember what you said?
"Yep, I'd rather have a working phone with no updates than a broken with with updates...(unlike the iPhone 4/4s and iPad 2)"

posted on 18 Nov 2013, 01:03

17. Ashoaib (Posts: 1915; Member since: 15 Nov 2013)


Really? Well I dont own s4 or note3 but I have tried this feature and it work fine, no problem at all... may be those people having problem, cant use it properly... I remember my university time class mate who studied with me for 4 years but he was never able to operate MS word, so should I consider MS word a gimmick just bcoz some people has learning difficulty disorder

posted on 17 Nov 2013, 21:07

13. Long1 (banned) (Posts: 399; Member since: 18 May 2013)


No.
Just commom Israeli stock tricks.

Better ask about Apple's "liqid metal" magic-purchase. LOL

posted on 18 Nov 2013, 01:06

18. Ashoaib (Posts: 1915; Member since: 15 Nov 2013)


Samsung should file patents for air gesture, motion slide, simultaneous shot and other features which it introduced in note series

posted on 17 Nov 2013, 12:26

2. stealthd (Posts: 955; Member since: 12 Jun 2011)


That doesn't exactly sound like a denial. Sounds like it could happen but the negotiations are still ongoing.

posted on 17 Nov 2013, 12:37 3

3. mturby (Posts: 241; Member since: 09 Jan 2013)


Apple needs someone like Jobs, Tim can't Cook good.

posted on 17 Nov 2013, 13:17 1

5. Chris_Bakke (Posts: 202; Member since: 23 Jan 2013)


*well

posted on 17 Nov 2013, 12:38

4. goldy (Posts: 2; Member since: 17 Nov 2013)


good apple

posted on 17 Nov 2013, 20:24

12. spectrums (Posts: 127; Member since: 14 Nov 2013)


Apple, Now You True Samsung Followers :)

posted on 18 Nov 2013, 00:24 1

16. spectrums (Posts: 127; Member since: 14 Nov 2013)


3d sensors??? thats is Big Gimmick :) Apple Only Buy Inovations, Not Create Inovations :) R.I.P Apple Iphone :)

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