Apple to use PrimeSense 3D to boost indoor mapping, rather than iTV set?

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Following verification Apple had purchased the motion tracking company PrimeSense 3D, many onlookers assumed the tech would be deployed in its long-rumoured flatscreen iTV set.

However, as much sense as that appears to make, it’s not the reason Apple turned over a reported $360m (around ₤ 222m, AU$ 394) according to well-connected former Washington Post tech scribe Jessica Lessin.

Lessin’s industry sources tell her Apple would want to use PrimeSense’s chips to spearhead a 3D indoor mapping drive, something Matterport, a company which makes 3D room scanners is currently doing.

Earlier this year Apple likewise got indoor mapping company WiFiSlam, so the 2 start-ups together might form a powerful mix if Apple looks for to battle Google in this reasonably brand-new field.

Falling behind since Kinect?

So exactly what of all that gesture-controlled Apple iTV talk then? Certainly the business that assisted produce the first Kinect sensor would be perfect for Apple’s reported needs in this department.

Well according to Lessin’s record, PrimeSense has actually fallen ‘a little behind’ in this department, which is held up somewhat by Microsoft going it alone for the 2nd Kinect module for the Xbox One.

As for Apple iTV with motion controls? Well as recent speculation has suggested we might be waiting rather a while.

‘As for the endless expectancy around an Apple television, I remain to hear that the company is more thinking about set-top boxes in the meantime and that some very early prototypes have not had activity technology.’