3D technology was all the rage at CES this year, and last month Mark Cuban said 3D is “the LSD of 2009” (that’s a good thing, Mark meant). Now Microsoft (MSFT) is looking to get in on the 3D game and is in talks to acquire Israeli 3D tech company 3DV.
3DV’s three-dimensional “Zcam” cameras follow body movements, and allow people to control an electronic device with body motions. The most obvious applications are in gaming.
3DV’s tech isn’t a brand new idea, but if the deal goes through Microsoft will be picking up the imaging tech on the cheap. Press reports say Microsoft is offering $35 million for the company — versus the $38.6 million the company has already raised.
Microsoft probably wants the cameras as an peripheral for this or future generations of the Xbox console. But 3D cameras — especially together with the “touch” features in upcoming Windows 7 — could have a transformative effect on PC-based gaming, a stronghold of Microsoft consumer appeal against the ascendancy of Apple’s (AAPL) Macs.