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We’ve been hearing rumors of a gesture-based interface for the Apple TV since Apple acquired PrimeSense, the company behind motion sensors for the Microsoft Kinect. We’ve also seen Apple applying for many patents regarding the same in the past but, we expected all of them to just disappear into the heaps of patents Apple frequently avails but never uses.

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apple tv gaming controller Martin Hajeks new Apple TV concept: turning the remote into a gaming controller

Together with a German tech blog Curved.deMartin Hajek, a popular 3D designer, has worked out a concept design of a next Apple set-top box – an Apple TV touch, on which we reported a few days back. The highlight of this concept was a new, completely redesigned touch-based remote. Leter on, Hajek added a new, different concept of a remote – he turned it into a “true gaming controller”. This is how it might look like.

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gotham splash beta 600x336 XBMC 13.0 Gotham Beta 1 is out and ready to sneak into your Apple TV

It’s been a long time since the name XBMC echoed through our corridors. Apple TV 2 owners can start their celebrations as XBMC has released the Beta 1 of their next major update, v. 13.0. After Eden and Frodo, they’ve come up with Gotham as their codename, just to make sure it’ll never get unnoticed by movie fans.

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Confirmed: Apple buys PrimeSense

by Roshan on November 25, 2013

prime Confirmed: Apple buys PrimeSenseDon’t be surprised, we told you so. Apple had been reported to be in the acquisition talks with the Israeli 3D sensor company for quite some time and now, it is official. PrimeSense has joined the long list of firms in Apple’s acqui-hiring spree.

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primesense apple 3D sensor company PrimeSense, reportedly acquired by Apple

Apple has always had this thing for acqui-hiring established companies for their future products and patents, rather than starting things from scratch. They did it with Siri and countless others till the recent taking over of flash storage maker Anobit in Israel.

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Before I say anything, you need to see the above video. I swear, it’s awesome.

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