Monday, June 22, 2009

Game changer

This is pretty amazing. Microsoft has come out with a motion sensor control they are calling Project Natal. If it works the way it looks in the video below, which I believe it does based on other YouTube videos I've seen - this is pretty revolutionary. Check it out:

The new controller consists of a 'Wii-like horizontal sensor with a built-in RGB camera, depth sensor, and multi-array microphone' according to and 'a camera that measures distance by illuminating a scene with short light pulses, then measures the time it takes for the light to reflect back.' All this together allows the controller to know where you are, who you are, and what movements you are making.

Pretty cool stuff Microsoft managed to pull off here. The biggest game changer I see is the full integration is seems to present to a family, with entertainment, social networking and game play all rolled into one.

Reconsidering my Wii purchase. Now if only Xbox played Blu-Ray ;)

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