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|Posted: Fri Jun 05, 2009 6:47 am Post subject: Project Natal
|It's a rare occasion that technology actually leaves me speechless. The problem with being a technophile is that your obsession results in constant exposure to the technology you love. This inherently desensitizes you to the advancements in technology. You come to expect it. You learn to anticipate the natural progression, and you often find yourself unimpressed when it doesn't progress as quickly as you would like. For instance, if you used a PalmPilot in 1996, you probably weren't surprised by the advancements of the iPhone. Sure, the iPhone spanks the capabilities of the PalmPilot, but a PalmPilot user could easily envision the future iPhone. The technology of the touch screen and motion sensor was cool, no doubt---but not jaw-dropping.
At this year's E3 (Electronics Entertainment Expo), Microsoft unveiled an add-on device for their XBox 360. This is a project that's currently being fine-tuned and is projected to be available to consumers by 2011 at the latest. The project, codenamed Natal, reveals a technology that, in my opinion, makes a great leap in interactive technology as opposed to an incremental step. Since this is not a tech blog, I won't attempt to re-hash what the professional tech bloggers out there have already posted, so check out what the folks at Gizmodo have to say about Project Natal for more details.
Honestly, this is something that is both exciting and a little scary. Can you conceive the natural progression---the logical, incremental outcome of this technology?
Check out the following videos for the crash-course. The first video is a demo. The second video is an interview with Peter Molyneux, one of the designers of Natal. These are both must-see videos. My jaw has dropped.
Project Natal Demo
Interview with Peter Molyneux