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Apple Officializes Purchase of Motion-Sensor Firm PrimeSense

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  • The next UI (Score:5, Funny)

    by SuperKendall (25149) on Monday November 25, 2013 @01:57AM (#45512313)

    I don't know what form the next wave of UI will take, but I do hope it doesn't involve me carrying around miniature semaphore flags [wikipedia.org].

    • by noh8rz10 (2716597)

      The future is now. Siri + PrimeSense + iBeacons = Minority Report

    • by Samantha Wright (1324923) on Monday November 25, 2013 @04:08AM (#45512709) Homepage Journal

      A loud clatter of gunk music flooded through the Heart of Gold cabin as Zaphod searched the sub-etha radio wavebands for news of himself. The machine was rather difficult to operate. For years radios had been operated by means of pressing buttons and turning dials; then as the technology became more sophisticated the controls were made touch-sensitive—you merely had to brush the panels with your fingers; now all you had to do was wave your hand in the general direction of the components and hope. It saved a lot of muscular expenditure of course, but meant that you had to sit infuriatingly still if you wanted to keep listening to the same programme.

      • by Nerdfest (867930)

        ... and remember that Adams was a big Apple fan. Maybe he really could see the future.

  • by RandomUsername99 (574692) on Monday November 25, 2013 @02:03AM (#45512341)

    Good thing clippy never got ahold of that stuff... I can see it now: Screen real estate and click blocking modal screen that says "Hello! You appear to be masturbating! Would you like me to a) order you a lube refill from amazon.com, b) give you a list of porn sites based on Alexa ratings, c) turn on your webcam, or d) enact your FREE TRIAL to e-harmony..."

    • by Horshu (2754893)
      Still holding on to Clippy jokes, are we?
      • by Anonymous Coward

        Some things just never get old.

    • Your stereotype of Clippy is less helpful than the Clippy I remember.

      Any proper Clippy should offer to improve on technique because he was all about maximizing productivity of the task you are focused on.
      • by gstoddart (321705)

        Your stereotype of Clippy is less helpful than the Clippy I remember.

        You remember a 'helpful' Clippy? I mostly remember "it seems you are type, would you like a tutorial on that?".

        In other words, completely useless and quite the opposite of 'helpful'.

    • You forgot chatroulette
  • Officializes??? (Score:5, Insightful)

    by Anonymous Coward on Monday November 25, 2013 @02:14AM (#45512379)

    Really?

  • where 3D sensors are likely to show up first in the Apple lineup

    My bet is on the iPod shuffle. Adjusting the pounding base depending upon muscle constriction in the surrounding environment.

    • by gstoddart (321705)

      Adjusting the pounding base depending upon muscle constriction in the surrounding environment.

      So, teledildonics then?

  • Motion sensor? (Score:5, Insightful)

    by WarJolt (990309) on Monday November 25, 2013 @02:41AM (#45512469)

    Calling PrimeSense technology a "Motion-sensor" is like calling an iPhone a music player. Technically true; It can do that, but it doesn't really describe the product very well.

    • This is true. PS technology is depth sensing. A webcam-based device can sense motion and still have no clue about anything but changes in illumination, where Kinect (1) knows distances of solid surfaces from itself.

      Also it's interesting that yours is one of the few posts here related to the technology and not grammar. I think it shows the tech still needs a killer app to occupy the mindspace of the public.

  • Are you serious?

  • It will keep the greasy fingers off.

  • Heheh, stupid goyim. Soon, their digital tracking devices will be able to detect their positions in 3D space, transmitting reconstructed 3D models of their immediate surroundings directly to our data centers. Our world hegemony is almost complete!

  • 'Officializes' (Score:4, Insightful)

    by Anonymous Coward on Monday November 25, 2013 @03:33AM (#45512629)

    I didn't think it was possible for little Timmy to get any worse but this officializes it.

  • This is the company that have developed the Kinect for Microsoft. What do you think is the future of the Kinect? Is it in the Microsoft's hands, now?
    • by tlhIngan (30335)

      This is the company that have developed the Kinect for Microsoft. What do you think is the future of the Kinect? Is it in the Microsoft's hands, now?

      Yes, it is. A few years ago Microsoft purchased a company doing 3D imaging - they didn't have anything in time for the original Kinect, so Microsoft went PrimeSense there.

      However, the Xbone has Kinect 2, which uses a time-of-flight (!) camera to determine depth instead of using structured light. Microsoft basically owns that technology which means we'll probabl

  • Officializes?

    No, thanks.

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