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Microsoft got Kinect technology since "Apple is a pain in the ***"

By Emil ยท 56 replies
Nov 6, 2010
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  1. Back in June 2008, PrimeSense was looking to sell the technology that would eventually be engineered into what we now know as Xbox Kinect. The first company in Silicon Valley that PrimeSense CEO, Inon Beracha tried to demonstrate the sensor that powers Kinect to was none other than Apple.

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  2. treeski

    treeski TS Evangelist Posts: 1,006   +249

    This is another win for Microsoft, which they seem to be wracking up lately.
    Go team!
  3. Flipcharm

    Flipcharm TS Rookie

    Very interesting. I did not know Kinect wasn't developed by Microsoft.
    I wonder what other cool technologies Apple lost by scaring the hell out of inventors...
  4. hmmmmmm, instead of multi touch, maybe we could've multi sensor...... ?
  5. Darth Shiv

    Darth Shiv TS Evangelist Posts: 1,958   +576

    Now to see how Kinect goes in the market...
  6. gwailo247

    gwailo247 TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 2,007   +18

    Oh, and MS, unlike Apple, actually sells a very popular game console...

    I wonder if they'll eventually make Sims controllable by the Kinect? Cause then we will be able to physically able to act out the mundane aspects of our lives with our virtual selves and we'll have a species wide existentialist crisis.
  7. sMILEY4ever

    sMILEY4ever TS Booster Posts: 157

    Would I be right to compare Kinect to 3D? Lot of smoke, no cigar.
  8. Richy2k9

    Richy2k9 TS Enthusiast Posts: 513

    hello ...

    for sure kinnect is coming to PC :p ...

    Too bad, i think Apple could have made good use of it, yet this isn't a totally exclusive product, anyone can & will someday use 'webcams' as remote controls ...why not after all.

  9. Issun

    Issun TS Rookie Posts: 17

    Another win?
  10. Apples arrogance hurts it once again. History repeats itself.
  11. nismo91

    nismo91 TS Evangelist Posts: 993   +71

    Kinect for Windows... sounds like a good idea. although it will take years to mature. combined with something like DragonNaturallySpeaking as the voice recognition. then what? remember Jarvis from Iron Man? lol
  12. Puiu

    Puiu TS Evangelist Posts: 3,366   +1,817

    if apple got their hands on this then only apple would have been able to use it. the others? lawsuits :D
  13. lawfer

    lawfer TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,270   +91

    Now that I know this, this makes me want the Kinect to succeed, so that it somehow proves that Apple made a bad decision by not going with the technology (that is because I don't like Apple). But sadly, Kinect is going to fail, which will indirectly and subliminally demonstrate that Apple made the right decision by not going with it.
  14. gLitCh32

    gLitCh32 TS Rookie Posts: 16

    The Kinect looks interesting, but I would really like to see where it goes first. I bought a Wii early on, and while I like some games on it, it basically sits and collects dust.
  15. klepto12

    klepto12 TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,116   +13

    I used to own an XBOX 360 but after 3 RROD i kinda got fed up but i do still like the xbox just dont want to shell out the money for one plus a new kinect. I have to laugh though at Apple another blunder in there department apple seems to be on a bad streak with products lets see how this keeps going.
  16. theruck

    theruck TS Booster Posts: 144   +39

    kinetics is somehow rasistic system. it has problems with detecting dark-skin people. something simmilar as was on the HP laptops some time ago.
  17. mpribe

    mpribe TS Enthusiast Posts: 31

    Another example of Apple's stringent controls ruining a potential business opportunity. I bet Microsoft is loving this press!
  18. thedrelle

    thedrelle TS Enthusiast Posts: 64   +12

    I know Steve job's company puts out some really nice tech now and again, but i am confused that they develop any working relationships with other bussinesses with this kind of behavior.
  19. Since apple does not sell a gaming console, what's the point of this technology to non gamers? While it might've been cute to scroll through a website by flicking your fingers through the air, you really going to pay 200 extra dollars for that technology? Especially when for document reading right in front of your lap, it makes much more sense just to flicke your finger on pad in front of you? MS spent hundreds of millions and is hoping to sell 3 million of the by this quarter ... Apple meanwhile makes $600 per iPhone sold and basically sells about 3 million phones every two weeks ... This is cute technology for ms to catch up to the wii but that's all it is - cute technology ... Of cfourse these guys wanted apple onboard as "important" technology so it's with some sour grapes they have to settle being on the xbox.
  20. Wagan8r

    Wagan8r TS Evangelist Posts: 605   +67

    Well, Steve Jobs practically wrote the book on it.
  21. Apple never had the intention to buy it. They just wanted to see what it was and how it worked. And apparently Apple wasn't impressed.
  22. "somehow rassistic"? It is all in your head! :)
  23. stewi0001

    stewi0001 TS Evangelist Posts: 2,164   +1,583

    I think I'm noticing a trend right now. Before Microsoft seemed to be the bad guy and Mac the good guy. Now Mac seems more like the bad guy and Microsoft the good guy. Maybe they're both the bad guy. XD
  24. compu4

    compu4 TS Rookie Posts: 46

    Apple is a monopolistic company that seeks complete control over every aspect of its devices; just look at the heavily restricted IPhone and OS X variants.

    It's good that Apple did not purchase this technology. If it had purchased it, apple fanatics would have been boasting about their computers' useless motion control capabilities.
  25. treetops

    treetops TS Evangelist Posts: 2,496   +514

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