For what will Apple use PrimeSense’s 3-D motion sensing tech?

“Apple finally has acquired PrimeSense, the maker of 3-D technology. It could use the technology in existing iDevices, or the oft-rumored Apple television,” Chris Ciaccia reports for TheStreet.

“The deal between the technology giant and PrimeSense had been rumored for weeks, but nothing was consummated until now,” Ciaccia reports. “PrimeSense 3D Capri sensor has already been demonstrated on a Nexus tablet, so it’s possible that Apple could bring that technology not only to its long-awaited and oft-rumored television set, but an iPad and, perhaps, an iPhone as well.”

“Apple has talked about moving into the television arena for some time, though nothing has happened, outside of Apple’s set-top box,” Ciaccia reports. “What it does with PrimeSense’s technology, however, is anyone’s guess. There within lies the excitement.”

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  1. I can’t help but wonder if they are going to take security and search to the next level with facial recognition on the iPhone and iPad. That seems like the most plausible use of the technology in the near future.

    1. Facial recognition on top of fingerprint sensor would add another layer of security, nice. I am hoping Apple incorporates the tech in iPhone and iPad and provides access to app developers.

      As I stated in a previous post, PrimeSense technology, together with Skanect software makes it possible, right now, to scan a room or an object in 3D. The sensor, and software costs less than $500, compared to other systems costing thousands There is a Kickstarter project right now that will use the tech to turn an iPad into a portable 3D scanner for a few hundred $. Companies are using this tech to scan people, objects, rooms – anything – to use for 3D printing, reverse engineering, virtual shopping (scan your living room and try new furniture in it) or (Scan your real store with real merchandise so people can shop virtually), custom prosthetic design (scan your foot and order custom insoles), imagine scanning your ear and ordering ear buds that would fit perfectly, the possibilities are incredible.

      Imagine filming 3D spaces, and not being limited to viewing from a fixed camera position, but being able to move around in the sceen. You can do that now with this tech. Think what Apple can do by putting this tech in your iPhone.

    1. Not Shakespearean; it’s proper grammar. Otherwise, MDN would have written “What will Apple use PrimeSense’s 3-D motion sensing tech for?” The problem is that “for” is a preposition, on which one should never end a sentence.

      (See? I did it there, too: “which one should never end a sentence on” would have been grammatically incorrect.)

          1. That prepositions at the end of sentences are not “wrong” (inasmuch ANYTHING is “wrong”, grammatically). Prepositions at the end of sentences have a long and venerably history, including use by Shakespeare.

            That “rule” has no foundation other than that some Victorians decided they didn’t like prepositions ending sentences. A small factor compared to the long previous use, and further use following to this day.

            Personally, I’m all for “correct” grammar. (Notice the use of the comma after “Personally”. And I REALLY dislike all this loosing of keys or market share that Americans do.) But there’s a lot of difference between a rule that enhances clarity and one that is just plain arbitrary.

            Arbitrary this one is.

  2. Remember the light-something camera that let’s you focus on different pints of the photo AFTER it has been taken? Would a 3-D scanner connected to an iPhone be able to embed the 3D info into the pic and allow the same?

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