Project Natal Powered By PrimeSense Technology

By Spencer . March 31, 2010 . 8:36am

imagePrimeSense proudly announced their 3D sensing and recognition technologies are being used for Project Natal.


“PrimeSense’s technology enables a paradigm shift in the way people interact with consumer electronic devices. The engagement with Xbox 360 establishes PrimeSense’s position as a leading supplier of 3D-sensing technology,” said Inon Beracha, Chief Executive Officer, PrimeSense.


What does PrimeSense do? Their main product is the PrimeSensor, a USB powered device that detects depth, color, and sound in real-time. PrimeSense claims their product works in all lightning conditions, even in complete darkness.


The PrimeSensor device also bares an uncanny resemblance to the Project Natal prototype sitting on a Gorillapod. Perhaps, the PrimeSensor is the primary component in Project Natal.

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  • I still think in order for Natal to be successful (or at least fun to play with) Microsoft needs to release some kind of wireless “nunchuck” like controllers to keep in both hands along with the camera movements… they would provide force feedback as well as more input devices.

    • thebanditking

      Not going to happen, that would deflate all the hot air out of the “Our camera is more accurate then any controller and is the next gen of motion tech” speech. Its in this reguard that Nintendo made the right choice by sticking with a controller. Sony realized this too, but I assume Microsoft was worried about facing the “wii-too” compairisons Sony is getting with Move. Though IMO better to draw compairisons with something successful and let the software sell it then take a shot with a new tech and then undercut its potential by changing/removing the hardware in favor of a less accurate method (software). With early reports that Natal uses 40% of the 360’s CPU its not likely you will get big name titles to use it heavily.

  • thebanditking

    Well Im not drinking the kool-aid on this one. The playtests have been wonky, the latencey is high and there will likely be space constraints and lighting problems (just like the Eye Toy). Im not biting and I doubt I ever will, I don’t need Natal for anything and there will not likely be any compelling software for a gamer like me. I already have a Wii and I am not that fond of all of its motion controls so something less accurate would likely frustrate me too much.

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