Microsoft has unveiled its new control system for the Xbox 360 console, at E3 in Los Angeles.
Project Natal is a fully hands-free control system that will use face recognition and motion sensors to allow users to play games. Film director Steven Spielberg, attending the launch, said it was “a window into what the future holds”.
Basically it allows you to interact with the virtual world without using any controller at all. There is probably one or more webcams that capture movement and other sensors for voice and other forms of interaction. This is just a prototype and I don’t know if it will be possible to interact freely with the system or just under some constrains (light, body position, movement speed, correct language, etc); remains to be seen but it is fascinating.
It is so hard to describe it in words. You must see what it can do to convince yourself that this might be a revolution:
The previous video might not have convinced you but the following will raise the hair on your head: