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Microsoft Acquires 3D Tech Company Canesta

by Sean P. Aune | October 30, 2010October 30, 2010 4:00 pm PST

It seems that all of the big name tech companies are on a spending spree as of late. It doesn’t matter how obvious the reasons may be for the acquisitions, but you know they all make sense to an executive somewhere in the hierarchy of the company.

In the case of Microsoft purchasing the 3D technology company Canesta, there is some confusion running around about what division of the company this is going to help, but we think it’s petty obvious.

Microsoft acquires CanestaIn the announcement made on Friday Canesta president and CEO Jim Spare said of the deal, “This is very exciting news for the industry. There is little question that within the next decade we will see natural user interfaces become common for input across all devices. With Microsoft’s breadth of scope from enterprise to consumer products, market presence, and commitment to NUI, we are confident that our technology will see wide adoption across many applications that embody the full potential of the technology.”

The most obvious and immediate part of Microsoft this could impact would be the Kinect controller for the Xbox 360.  Some even speculate that this purchase was more about cutting off some potential lawsuits over patent infringement, but there is no hard evidence to back this up.  Others are thinking that this has something to do with the development of Windows 8, and it might in a round about way as Microsoft has hinted the Kinect would eventually come to computers, but we don’t think the flagship operating system is the primary reason for the purchase.

The deal is expected to be completed by the end of this year, so expect to hear a whole lot about 3D control in 2011.

What say you?  What do you think Microsoft plans on doing with Canesta’s technology?

Sean P. Aune

Sean P. Aune has been a professional technology blogger since July 2007, but his love of tech dates back to at least 1976 when his parents bought...