Intel (INTC) Acquires Gesture Computing Company Omek Interactive

Posted Jul 16, 2013

Intel Corporation has announced that they have acquired Israel-based gesture computing company Omek Interactive.  The companies were reportedly in discussions this past March, but Intel confirmed the acquisition today.  The acquisition price is rumored to be between $30 and $50 million.  Intel plans on using Omek’s technology to increase their delivery of more immersive perceptual computing experiences.

Intel reportedly got into a bidding war with Qualcomm and Samsung to buy out Omek.  Omek started out as a company that offers full-body motion sensing, but then the company started to focus more on close-range finger movements using 3D cameras, according to VentureBeat.

We also reported today that one of Omek Interactive’s bigger competitors PrimeSense is reportedly in talks for an acquisition deal with Apple.  Google also acquired another Israel based technology company that focuses on social driving called Waze for $1.3 billion.