Microsoft buys chip company -

It’s not true to say Microsoft is only a software company because, of course, it’s sold the Mouse for aeons, makes keyboards and Xboxes and other stuff too.

And now it’s underlined that fact by buying a Sunnyvale privately owned company called Canesta.

Canesta makes 3D sensing technology  aimed at natural user interfaces. The company, which only has 60 or 70 employees, confirmed it had entered an agreement to sell its products, technology, IP, customer contacts and the rest to Microsoft for an undisclosed amount.

Jim Spare, president and CEO of the company, said that Microsoft is committed to natural user interfaces and he’s confident Canesta’s technology will spread across many applications.

Canesta makes 3D input tech using small CMOS based sensors, used in cameras. It has 50 patents under its belt.