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Microsoft reveals Project Natal, motion camera for Xbox 360


Microsoft’s new motion controller is a camera, that uses object, movement, and voice recognition to deliver a new kind of immersive gaming experience.

It actually looks very similar to the Wii sensor bar, but as you can see it’s something altogether different. Project Natal, as Microsoft is calling it at their 2009 E3 press conference, is a camera and sensor assembly that recognizes faces, body movements, objects, and even voices in order to integrate the player into the gaming environment.

Microsoft shown several examples at the Media Briefing such as a boy holding up a skateboard, which then appeared on the screen, with the boy then riding said board by just swaying back and forth on his own two feet; two women trying on virtual clothes using a camera image of themselves; facial recognition; voice control; buzzing in to 1 VS 100 by raising a hand, and even browsing the NXE using hand controls. Very innovative technology that all we can say.

Project Natal creative director then Kudo Tsunoda took the stage, showing his Xbox Live avatar moving with his movements and playing various tech demos, including a handball game and one that allowed you to paint with stencils.

Development kits are arriving at Microsoft partners today, so while there’s no word on when this incredible and futuristic technology will actually make it into player’s hands. Below is an example on  the camera being put into use:




This could very well be what Mircosoft was making all the noise about, we were all blown away by Project Natal!

[Image via Kotaku]

[Images via Engadget]


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