Apple had a chance to embrace the technology that drives Microsoft's new Kinect game controller more than two years ago a report suggests.

According to Microsoft, Kinect for Xbox 360 brings games and entertainment to life in new ways without using a controller, responding instead to how the body moves.

Leander Kahney editor and publisher of Cult of Mac recalls Inon Beracha, CEO of PrimeSense, the company behind the 'Minority Report' style technology, chatting to him on a plane back in June 2008.

Beracha told Kahney the Israeli company had been in talks with Apple before Microsoft: "It was the most natural place for the technology," Kahney said.

The meetings with Apple did not go well, a well-known obsession with secrecy requiring Beracha to sign what Kahney describes as "a stack of crippling legal agreements and NDAs."

"Apple is a pain in the ass," Beracha insisted, smiling.

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