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In July we reported that an Israeli website had reported that Apple had become one of the leading tech companies in Israel with three R&D centers employing 300-400 employees. Apple's first acquisition of an Israeli company happened in 2011 snatching up Anovit Herzliya, a Flash storage company for $390 million. Apple's Tel Aviv research center is reportedly working on sensing technologies specializing in three-dimensional analysis of body and facial movements and conversion of computer activity. The Israeli report then hinted that Apple was in the running for acquiring PrimeSense. Today the news is that Apple has finalized the deal. Updated 7:30 PST


Reuters is reporting today that Israel's financial newspaper called the Calcalist is reporting that Apple has just acquired PrimeSense for $345 million. The Israeli company is maker of chips that enable three-dimensional (3D) machine vision.


A spokeswoman for PrimeSense stated that "We are focused on building a prosperous company while bringing 3D sensing and natural interaction to the mass market in a variety of markets such as interactive living room and mobile devices."


2. Apple patent figure of 3D imaging system

The image noted above is a patent pending invention of Apple's relating to an advanced 3D imaging system that we reported on back in September 2011.


Update 7:30 PST: Business Insider is reporting that they recieved an email from PrimeSense stating that they "do not comment on what any of our partners, customers or potential customers are doing." That's neither a confirmation or right out denial. 


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