Rumor: Apple about to purchase co-creators of original Kinect technology

PrimeSense is an Israeli 3D sensing company best known for licensing the hardware design and chip used in Kinect motion-sensing system for the Xbox 360 in 2010. The company contributed its 3D sensing technology to the Xbox 360 version of Kinect.

PrimeSense recently released a smaller generation model of its technology, dubbed Capri, better suited for mobile usesApple may be  about to acquire PrimeSense for the company’s Capri technology, used in mobile devices such as Google and Samsung’s Nexus 10 tablets.

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The Israeli publication Calcalist indicated that the purchase will amount to $345 million. Some sources said that talks are “close” to complete, but the deal is not yet done, although it is expected to close by the end of this week.

Thanks, Joystiq.