by Brian Wray (Thryon)
6/1/2009 11:59 PM
While the Microsoft E3 press briefing offered something for gamers of all genres, the one item that will have everyone talking about it Project Natal. Project Natal is Microsoft motion based control mechanism. Project Natal is not a motion controller, as there is no actual controller as the gamers entire body becomes the controller. If you think we have already seen this with the Eye Toy or the Live Vision Camera, you are mistaken. Project Natal does not just recognize your hands, but your entire body and any movement thanks to it's capability to track 48 different joints. But Project Natal does not only do motion sensing, but also facial recognition, and voice recognition. The combination off all 3 items may drastically change the way we play and interact with games.
Microsoft demonstrated a world of potential with Project Natal. In the few short minutes we got to see the device, we noticed all the following events happen;
Auto logon of a gamer profile based on facial recognition.
Navigation of Xbox menus using only hand motions and voice recognition
The scanning of personal items to customize in game items
Interactive teleconferencing possibilities
While all these where indeed impressive, the real show stopper was when Peter Molyneux demoed a game called Milo that makes use of Project Natal. In this short demo, Milo, a young virtual boy, recognized the female gamer as she approached the screen and engaged in a realistic (controlled?) conversation, even answering questions. The female gamers was able to interact with Milo and his environment simply by using her hand and body gestures. The kicker was when she draw a fish on a piece of white paper, place the drawing in from of the Project Natal camera which scanned the picture and allowed Milo to retrieve this drawing in the game. Simply mind boggling.
5 comment(s) so far...
By POSEIDON D on 6/2/2009 6:05 AM
This caught my eye and certainly is something I will watch for..
By Kireler on 6/2/2009 7:02 AM
all I have to say about Project Natal is .... sweet baby Jeebus!!!!!
This technology looks AMAZING!!!
By Althenias on 6/2/2009 10:04 AM
sounds awesome, wish i had seen the video. definitely be looking forward to finding out more though
By Brian Wray on 6/2/2009 10:51 AM
For anyone that did not see "Milo" follow this link.
By TweedierJulien on 6/7/2009 9:10 AM
This looks soo cool man!