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Time mag: Natal, top 50 inventions of 2009

Cygnus
11-12-2009, 11:54 PM
http://www.time.com/time/specials/packages/article/0,28804,1934027_1934003_1933949,00.html

Since time immemorial or at least since Pong one barrier that has stood between gamers and total Tron-like immersion in their video games has been the controller: the joystick, trackball, mouse, light gun or whatever. This year Microsoft demonstrated a technology, code-named Project Natal, that enables players to control games using only body movements and voice commands, no controller required the gamer's body becomes the controller. Project Natal uses several cameras, plus a highly specialized microphone and a lot of fancy software, to track the gamer's body and interpret his or her voice. You move your hand, and the Master Chief (or whoever) moves his hand. It's that simple. And that cool.

MikeRox
11-13-2009, 03:53 AM
I have to say I can't wait to see it, though I'm still extremely skeptical. But if the Wii was too much effort for most gamers (not wanting to move their arms when a button press would do was the common thing) wtf is gonna wanna use their entire body for their games?

Now if they demo swords and guns etc which can be used as props, I'll be extremely interested.

eiger
11-14-2009, 01:08 PM
I have to say I can't wait to see it, though I'm still extremely skeptical. But if the Wii was too much effort for most gamers (not wanting to move their arms when a button press would do was the common thing) wtf is gonna wanna use their entire body for their games?

Now if they demo swords and guns etc which can be used as props, I'll be extremely interested.


Think of it more along the lines of the next step step in the evoloution of computing and nost just gaming. Think farther out (a small device such as the one you see) that acts as a projector and shoots an image onto a surface. That surface is your desktop and you manipulate objects in real time. Minority Report style. I can't comment on what I've seen in terms of demos because the men in black would hunt me down and kill me, but I'm pretty excited.

marcallo
11-14-2009, 01:39 PM
I'm hoping Natal revolutionizes how we interact with our hardware. I'm not talking Skynet but I am thinking more like Star Trek. "Computer what is the temperature in peru right now" (78 degrees and rainy) "Computer what time is flight 1708 arriving via continental" (3:00)


Or maybe wave your hand at the Television to make it change channels. when it comes to playing games I really just want o use a mouse and keyboard, or a controller.

MikeRox
11-14-2009, 01:45 PM
I think it'll be fantastic for menu navigation.