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A brand-new report drifting around the web today suggests that Apple may have just recently bought FaceShift, a Swiss tech company specializing in real-time markerless facial movement capture. It wouldn’t be Apple’s very first purchase in the location of facial motion capture or gesture control, though outside of the brand-new Apple TELEVISION, it’s unclear exactly what they may be using it for.

While Apple and FaceShift haven’t yet confirmed the buyout, there are some intriguing details that appears to indicate that being the case.

A few former staff members of the business have just recently adjusted their LinkedIn profiles to keep in mind that they’re not working for the company, and the business’s board of directors has actually been changed by a firm that normally manages Apple’s Swiss IP according to a current filing.

Additionally, the company’s primary product, FaceShift Studio, has actually been discontinued without much excitement. The very same thing happened at Camel Audio‘‘ s Alchemy synth just before Apple’s acqusition of that company became public.

Whether this innovation is intended to tie into the new Apple TV as part of a video gaming platform (believe Xbox avatars) or will certainly tie into some other new or existing Apple innovation has yet to be seen, however it’s clear they’re invested in this location.

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