XBox 360: Project Natal. Reactions?

1 Jun 2009 - 2:46pm
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Michael Quibuyen
2003

Just watched the Microsoft Press Conference at E3. Anyone have
thoughts on Project Natal?

I hope this extension of the XBox experience is affordable when it
hits the streets--the potential of gesture-based, motion/voice-sensing
play entering millions of homes worldwide is something to celebrate.

Mike Quibuyen
mike at thinkcloud.com

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1 Jun 2009 - 5:14pm
Troy Gardner
2008

I haven't seen the E3 video is there a link? The videos on youtube
are concept advertisements, and having played with some of the people
doing this, it seems demo-ware. Big in dreams, but often brittle
once you get it into the real world.

I have no doubt that eventually gestural interfaces (and projection
based displays) will make up a huge amount of the information
interaction we normally reserve for applicances media centers and
remote controls that double as armadillos from all the buttons. over
the next 10 years. But similar to a security camera, I'm not
convinced that small devices like that on Xbox are particularly good
for more than a fraction of the room, and important once you get into
whole family entertainment, with occlusion of people in front of other
people.

For input with many channels of simultaneous controls, they will
augment but not replace. It's very difficult to straff without running
into the hard edged coffee table, and typing with gestural would be
worse than graffitti for speed, but I can imagine people having huge
shoulders from all the hand waving.

Troy.

On Mon, Jun 1, 2009 at 12:46 PM, Mike Quibuyen <mike at thinkcloud.com> wrote:
> Just watched the Microsoft Press Conference at E3. Anyone have
> thoughts on Project Natal?
>
> I hope this extension of the XBox experience is affordable when it
> hits the streets--the potential of gesture-based, motion/voice-sensing
> play entering millions of homes worldwide is something to celebrate.
>
> Mike Quibuyen
> mike at thinkcloud.com
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1 Jun 2009 - 5:27pm
Sharon Greenfield5
2008

Yeah, Twitter is going nuts.
I've seen some of the videos.
I'm very impressed with their vision.
Very.
Microsoft has done well.
We shall see if the implementation is as ground-breaking as the vision
though.

On Jun 1, 2009, at 3:14 PM, Troy Gardner wrote:
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> On Mon, Jun 1, 2009 at 12:46 PM, Mike Quibuyen <mike at thinkcloud.com>
> wrote:
>> Just watched the Microsoft Press Conference at E3. Anyone have
>> thoughts on Project Natal?
>>

2 Jun 2009 - 2:54pm
Håkan Reis
2006

Adding to this you have the EyeToy to PS3... the gaming consoles will take
gestural interfaces seriously it seems!
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=L17O43X39cg

It should be fun playing around with this stuff!

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2 Jun 2009 - 3:09pm
Håkan Reis
2006

And some technical facts around Natal from Johnny Chung Lee's blog (you know
him from quite a few amazing TED talks...)

http://procrastineering.blogspot.com/2009/06/project-natal.html

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Håkan Reis
User experience Consultant at Dotway AB
Øredev Program Committee

Our conference || http://oredev.org - It's going to be great in 2009
My company || http://dotway.se
My blog || http://blog.reis.se
My twitter || @haqwin

4 Jun 2009 - 12:02am
Greg Petroff
2004

There is another thing it might do if it's based on the 3dv zcam tech
as it is rumored to be. Z cam can tell the depth of each pixel the
camera is looking at so one could use this to key out the background
pixels and place the person in the foreground view of the camera
within a virtual environment. There are some really fun morphs you
can do to moving images when depth is recognized.

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