Microsoft said to be buying motion-detection maker 3DV Systems

Microsoft is reportedly buying 3DV Systems, a company that makes motion-detection systems, according to the VentureBeat blog. VentureBeat puts the purchase price of this rumored acquisition at $35 million. The 3DV purchase would give Microsoft technology that would allow Xbox to compete with Wii, but has many other applications as well. It could be embedded in other next-generation user interfaces, such as PCs or cell phones.

According to the blog:

"3DV has been working on its ZCams for some time. These cameras function much like Sony’s EyeToy, but they’re much more accurate at detecting motion. That’s because they’re 3-D depth cameras, which sense how far away an object is from the camera. In the camera’s black-and-white imaging, the closer objects are lighter and the more distant objects are darker. The camera captures the locations of objects many times per second, so it can detect an object and its trajectory, making it perfect for game control purposes."

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