How the Microsoft Kinect Tech Almost Went to Apple
Update: Microsoft has since then integrated Kinect system in the recently released Xbox One gaming system and also made it available for computers running Windows as well.
Update 2: Since Kinect raised the price of the Xbox One system quite a bit, Microsoft made the decision to untie it from the Xbox again. You can purchase the console now with or without Kinect included. Expect to pay about $100 more for it if Kinect is included.
As Microsoft's new Xbox 360 motion-sense controller launches an interesting story has emerged on the website Cult of Mac.
The core technology was acquired, as so often happens these days, with Microsoft purchasing it from the company that developed it.Â In this case Israeli company PrimeSense.
It has now transpired that PrimeSense initially approached Microsoft's rival Apple about the technology because of their CEO, Inon Beracha felt that Apple "...was the most natural place for the technology"
Apple has a history of interface innovation, of course, and had recently introduced the iPhone with its paradigm-shifting multi-touch UI. PrimeSenseâ€™s system went one step further: It was multi-touch that you didnâ€™t even have to touch. Apple seemed like a natural fit.
Beracha had several meetings with Apple but they did not go well with Apple asking him to sign what he describes as "crippling legal agreements and NDAs".
In the end it became obvious that a deal with Apple was never going to happen and so the technology was later acquired by Microsoft to, I think, everyone's benefit.
It is unclear how Apple might have used this technology given their current product line-up which is probably why a deal was never reached.Advertisement