I wasnt expecting this technology to be available this soon

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    Jun 02, 2009 5:39 PM GMT
    "You are the controller," teased Microsoft at their E3 conference today, firing the shot heard round the blogosphere: a no-controls-whatsoever motion-sensing device.

    "Can we make you the controller?" they asked, before answering with an Obama-like "Yes we can." Forget Steve Austin, it's The Six Million Dollar Design Grail: Gentlemen, we can rebuild you...we have the technology...better, stronger, faster...and did we mention without an external controller?


    http://www.pcworld.com/article/165891/e3_2009_microsofts_nocontroller_natal_steals_the_show.html



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    Milo character demostration:


  • Timbales

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    Jun 02, 2009 5:47 PM GMT
    that looks pretty damn awesome
  • ShawnTX

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    Jun 02, 2009 5:53 PM GMT
    Awesome! Hopefully they got their act together this time.
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    Jun 02, 2009 6:39 PM GMT
    The presentation was awesome, this is way better than wii on so many levels, this will definitely push competition to their limits.
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    Jun 02, 2009 7:00 PM GMT
    Man, when Apple came out with the iPhone, Microsoft responded with that touch screen table thing.

    When Apple came out with the iPod, Microsoft comes out with the Zune.

    When Microsoft long faded into obscurity as a search engine, Microsoft attempts to mimic Google and fails.

    When the Wii came out, Microsoft responds with this thing.

    Microsoft seems to be great at responding with genuine innovation with sub-par products and more hype than a George Lucas flick. Meh. Wake me when it hits the market.
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    Jun 02, 2009 7:02 PM GMT
    i wonder which ufo did they jack this from.
  • rockleetpt

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    Jun 02, 2009 7:17 PM GMT
    MunchingZombie saidMan, when Apple came out with the iPhone, Microsoft responded with that touch screen table thing.

    When Apple came out with the iPod, Microsoft comes out with the Zune.

    When Microsoft long faded into obscurity as a search engine, Microsoft attempts to mimic Google and fails.

    When the Wii came out, Microsoft responds with this thing.

    Microsoft seems to be great at responding with genuine innovation with sub-par products and more hype than a George Lucas flick. Meh. Wake me when it hits the market.


    Yeah I sense that too. And I only hope game developers and other software in general give some thoughtfull use to this. Sometimes what could be presented a "next generation" thingy turns out to be just another gimmick which fades away the next few months.

    This news reminded me of this article on cracked about hyped inventions that were really just that... hyped.

    http://www.cracked.com/article_17412_6-world-changing-inventions-that-didnt-change-shit.html

    Take a look and have fun.

    Topic creator, sorry if this sounds like hijacking your topic >.>
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    Jun 02, 2009 7:18 PM GMT
    I wonder what happens if you initialize your body while naked, for a porno simulation game? Just wondering... icon_rolleyes.gif
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    Jun 02, 2009 7:20 PM GMT
    MunchingZombie said.
    When Apple came out with the iPod, Microsoft comes out with the Zune.


    uh? That was a desperate attempt to make "competition" but that never happened.

    MunchingZombie said.
    When Microsoft long faded into obscurity as a search engine, Microsoft attempts to mimic Google and fails.


    Exactly it failed, there wasnt anything innovative about whatever they were trying to bring to the search engines market. It was just stupid.

    MunchingZombie said.
    When the Wii came out, Microsoft responds with this thing.


    True, but this is totally different, the software is not just limited to detect motion, but also recognizes you with good detail(it can even scan a skate board for god's sake) let alone to talk about the speech recognition software. XBox has currently better sales than PS3 and theyre doing decently good in gaming technology, once they add this feature to their product, things will change quite a bit for them. I hate microsoft, I really do, but I can't help to recognize that is far beyond expectations, for the first time in yearssss it just crossed my mind to get an XBox.

    I still have to see it with my own eyes to be totally convinced though.
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    Jun 02, 2009 7:23 PM GMT
    I'll believe in the Natal's awesomeness when I have seen it in person, read critical reviews of it, and waited the prerequisite "system destroying bugs have appeared" period.

    The thing we saw in the video was nice though, a mixture of social science-fiction tech we've seen in films. I am disinclined to trust that the video actually showed a Natal in action (especially with that hassle-free scanning of the skateboard), though I'm sure Microsoft's betting people will be too "Wow, that's awesome!" to question that little detail.
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    Jun 02, 2009 7:55 PM GMT
    You know what this reminds me of?

    powerglove.jpg
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    Jun 02, 2009 8:07 PM GMT
    This has a very large potential to fail.
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    Jun 02, 2009 8:26 PM GMT

    Jeez, go to a fricken park.

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    Jun 02, 2009 9:01 PM GMT
    If everything becomes a bloody wii rip-off then I'm giving up gaming for good.

    Good tech possibilities in that though.
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    Jun 02, 2009 9:17 PM GMT
    NickoftheNorth saidI'll believe in the Natal's awesomeness when I have seen it in person, read critical reviews of it, and waited the prerequisite "system destroying bugs have appeared" period.

    The thing we saw in the video was nice though, a mixture of social science-fiction tech we've seen in films. I am disinclined to trust that the video actually showed a Natal in action (especially with that hassle-free scanning of the skateboard), though I'm sure Microsoft's betting people will be too "Wow, that's awesome!" to question that little detail.


    i was thinking the same thing, especially with the skateboard- the kid's hands were covering part of it but that didn't show up in the game, so i doubt we were seeing the game in action. but i'm still 'wow, that's awesome"-ing anyways. lol
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    Jun 02, 2009 9:20 PM GMT
    czarodziej said
    NickoftheNorth saidI'll believe in the Natal's awesomeness when I have seen it in person, read critical reviews of it, and waited the prerequisite "system destroying bugs have appeared" period.

    The thing we saw in the video was nice though, a mixture of social science-fiction tech we've seen in films. I am disinclined to trust that the video actually showed a Natal in action (especially with that hassle-free scanning of the skateboard), though I'm sure Microsoft's betting people will be too "Wow, that's awesome!" to question that little detail.


    i was thinking the same thing, especially with the skateboard- the kid's hands were covering part of it but that didn't show up in the game, so i doubt we were seeing the game in action. but i'm still 'wow, that's awesome"-ing anyways. lol


    ya i noticed that too, i was actuallly wondering if that was an auto-correction or if it was just already scanned for the presentation, but for sure the design on that skateboard was a little bit complicated to do a good correction....
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    Jun 02, 2009 9:32 PM GMT
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    Jun 02, 2009 9:43 PM GMT
    icon_eek.gif Wooooow... I want one of those...

    Microsoft is very good at taking one idea from the competition and making it way better (i.e.: iPod and Zune).

    This does have potential, the only question is, as it has been already mentioned, when does this hits the market. It took two years for the table technologies...

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    Jun 03, 2009 2:15 AM GMT
    WOW, even for a "none gamer" such as myself. This sounds like there can be far reaching repercussions which can be good also... Of course the sex thing will have a LARGE reaction... who knows, eh?
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    Jun 03, 2009 2:25 AM GMT
    If the Navel er... Natal delivers I can see great potential in education. I'm still kinda confused on how it works though.
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    Jun 03, 2009 2:51 AM GMT
    It'll never see production. It requires people to get their assess off the couch and lift more than a few fingers. Besides, the insurance industry will lobby against it. Wii related injuries are on the rise. Can you imagine the injuries on this thing and the cost to insurers? icon_rolleyes.gif
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    Jun 03, 2009 3:00 AM GMT
    wow this is amazing. a phone, game machine, tv, video phone and more all wrapped up together...it probably is a computer too
  • InsatiableBlo...

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    Jun 03, 2009 3:09 AM GMT
    Thats awesome! The part with trying the clothes on for you reminds of the computer Cher had in Clueless. Love that movie!
  • MarvelClimber

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    Jun 03, 2009 3:13 AM GMT
    The problem is no tactile interface. You can wave, kick, bend, poke in the air all you want, but you will never feel anything. A gamer wants some sort of feedback response. Now, I'm all for wearing a skin-tight body suit embedded with sensors and vibrators ;)
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    Jun 03, 2009 3:22 AM GMT
    I have to say I'm kind of surprised by the pessimistic attitude towards what could possibly be the crowning achievement of electronic entertainment. Even more so the overly negative views of "hardcore" gamers; it's not as if Microsoft would make Nintendo's mistake of abandoning their central audience. I'm positively thrilled at the idea of Natal working as they have presented it and I typically take a more practical view of new technology. Imagine having one system for your living room that does just about anything and does it all without a controller.

    ....wow, I sound like I work for Microsoft. icon_eek.gif

    But seriously, it'll be at least a year before this is available, probably 2 or 3 and this is just something to wet our appetites/pants. I can't wait to see more.

    On another note entirely, Mario Galaxy 2 and Metroid: Other M have me really excited despite being the only interesting things Nintendo presented.