Apple has acquired 3D sensor company PrimeSense. An Apple representative confirmed the deal to AllThingsD. The report values the deal at around $360 million.
Apple stayed mum on its plans for PrimeSense, a company it had reportedly been in talks to buy since July.
PrimeSense’s highest profile project to date was the 3-D sensor it made for Microsoft’s first-generation Kinect motion controller for the Xbox 360. That experience with console gaming in the living room might factor into any plans Apple might have for a TV and other connected home components.
In addition to Kinect, PrimeSense has also developed a smaller sensor, Capri, for use in mobile devices. At Qualcomm’s developer conference in September, the company demoed Smart Terrain, an augmented reality mobile gaming technology leveraging Capri to map game environments and characters on top of objects in view of a mobile device’s camera.
During Apple’s fourth quarter earnings call in October, CEO Tim Cook said the company had completed 15 strategic acquisitions in 2013 and that Apple would be breaking into product categories it doesn’t currently have a presence in.