Microsoft Buys 3D Chip Maker
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Microsoft loves to go on about the future potential of what is called "natural user interface" or NUI. Although NUI includes technologies such as voice recognition and computerized transcription, Microsoft -- among other companies -- has been just as committed to the idea of using gestures in three-dimensional space to control systems. In fact, it's so committed it just bought a company to help it more forward.
Microsoft has confirmed that it has reached an agreement to acquire a small California firm that specializes in 3D sensing technologies. Sunnyvale-based Canesta announced the purchase by Microsoft (NASDAQ: MSFT) on its website Friday. What Microsoft gets for its money includes 44 patents, as well as many others that Canesta has filed for, regarding its single-chip 3D sensing platform.