No touch required: Intel and Apple's visions for 3D gesture devices gathering pace
Summary: Israeli-developed natural interaction technology could start showing up on devices as soon as next year.
Israeli 3D technology made big news this week with two acquisition stories – one confirmed, one not – that could fundamentally change the way we interact with devices.
Intel confirmed on Tuesday that it is purchasing Israeli 3D gesture technology company Omek, in a bid to beef up its "perceptual computing" development program. According to Intel SVP and Intel Israel president Mooly Eden, laying out the company's vision at a recent event in the country, the advent of the tech is "just around the corner".
In the other potential deal, Apple was rumoured to be in talks with another Israeli 3D gesture tech company — PrimeSense, the company that developed the Kinect for Microsoft. PrimeSense has described the story as "ridiculous", and the reported purchase price bandied about in the media — about $290m — sounds a bit on the low side for a company that has a proven product track record. But the business PrimeSense is in now — 3D sensors for small devices — would nonetheless be a sound addition for the 3D gesture tech that could (most likely) go into future iPhones and iPads.