Microsoft’s final announcement was the controller free environment called Project Natal. We saw a demo of a player waving her arms to bounce balls into a wall and someone shouting out colors to virtually toss paint on a canvas.
A RGB camera is an integral part of Project Natal, but the device is more than an Xbox Live Vision camera. The system also has an infrared projector and monochrome CMOS sensor which are used to detect depth. A multiarray microphone extracts voices and sounds from ambient noise. Microsoft explains the “magic” of Project Natal is hidden in a custom processor running a layer of proprietary software which enables the system to work.
Project Natal will work with all existing Xbox 360’s, but since it’s an add-on the challenge for Microsoft is convincing people to pick this up. So, how much do you think is air skateboarding worth?