Microsoft on Friday said it planned to acquire Canesta, a developer of 3D sensing technology.
With the acquisition, Microsoft will gain access to single-chip 3D sensing technology, including 44 patents and several more patents pending, related to making natural user interfaces (NUIs) or interfaces which do not require traditional inputs such as via a keyboard or mouse.
Canesta is a developer of what it calls electronic perception technology, which allows machines and electronic devices to track nearby objects in three dimensions in real time. The company's CMOS chips emit a continuous field of infrared light and processes the time it takes for that light to reflect back, creating a 3D image of multiple objects.
That allows devices such as smart phones or game devices to perceive nearby objects and features, identify them, and take action in real time, Canesta said.
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