Say goodbye to joy sticks, buttons and controllers of any sort. A gaming prototype designed by Microsoft is being called Project Natal
and promises to interfaces directly with the player. The system is designed for use with the Xbox 360 and measures real-time movement from 48 points on the player’s body and combines that with data from voice input. The hardware includes a camera, infrared emitter, a sensor that measure depth, a microphone that can figure out where you are in space, and a microprocessor to sort all this information out.
Essentially, a player’s movements and voice will control the game and supposedly deliver smooth game control. Microsoft plans on unveiling compatible games for Natal this month, along with a brand-new name for the device.
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