Posted by Kidzworld on 18th June 2009
Put your faith in Microsoft, they are serious about entertaining you. Their motion tracking technology, Project Natal, is aiming to go up and beyond the Wii. It has voice and face recognition and detects motion with nothing else other than a camera placed in front of the TV. There is no Wiimote, no wand, and no strange infrared LED glasses.
It is almost too good to be true and many gamers are following the entire thing with a healthy amount of skepticism. Afterall, the when the Wii first came out, it was toting near 1 to 1 movement tracking and is anything but that.
However, it has been revealed recently that Johnny Chung Lee, a TED speaker and Wii hacking enthusiast, has been hired by Microsoft to be a part of the team working on Project Natal. Of course, he is but a small part of a talented team, but he does bring ten years worth of interfacing and sensing technology experience with him, as well as a certain level of ingenuity.
Lee no doubt has had some school winning science fair projects of his own in the past. Using infrared LEDs, some Wiimotes, and his bluetooth enabled laptop, he has been able to create cheap electronic whiteboards and a head tracking program. So impressive was his work that Steven Spielberg wanted to put head tracking in the then upcoming game, Boom Blox.
The video games previewed for Project Natal are very impressive, like Milo and Kate’s life-like AI. We will have to put our trust in Johnny and hope that it can deliver everything it promises to.
Project Natal was first revealed during E3 2009. To see other big announcements that went on during the event, visit our safe kids website.