Apple has offered to buy the augmented-reality startup, Leap Motion “multiple times, most recently in the spring of 2018,” according to Business Insider, quoting unnamed “people familiar with the matter.”
Those folks said the figure discussed was between $30 million and $50 million. However, negotiations fell through just days before the deal was to be closed. Why? Michael Buckwald and David Holz, Leap’s co-founders, didn’t want to join Apple’s team and the latter said Apple was no longer innovative and that its tech “sucked,” per Business Insider.
Leap Motion’s Leap, a 3D motion control device for the Mac and Windows, provides a glimpse into a Minority Report scenario of gesture computing. The $69.99 Leap doesn’t take up much space on your desk. It’s just over three inches long, an inch wide and less than a half-inch thick. You can read my review here.