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Project Natal tech for more than gaming, says Gates

Written by James Delahunty (Google+) @ 16 Jul 2009 16:18 User comments (6)

Project Natal tech for more than gaming, says Gates Microsoft's chairman Bill Gates revealed in an interview with CNET that the project Natal technology coming to the Xbox 360 platform is also in development for non-gaming uses with Windows. He said the project evolved from Microsoft research, and is now being commercialized by Windows and Xbox units.
"Both the Xbox guys and the Windows guys latched onto that and now, even since they latched onto it, the idea of how it can be used in the office is getting much more concrete and is pretty exciting," he said. Gates was the first to hint that Microsoft was working on the technology in the 2007 All Things Digital conference where he appeared with Apple CEO Steve Jobs.

Back then, after Gates talked about a gaming machine that you could interact with by swinging a tennis racket or a bat, the hosts referred to the Nintendo Wii console. Gates corrected the hosts however, saying, "You can't sit there with your friends and do those natural things, that's a 3D positional device. This is video recognition. This is a camera seeing what's going on."

Gates believes using the technology with a lot of devices for a variety of purposes is possible. "I think the value is as great for if you're in the home, as you want to manage your movies, music, home system type stuff; it's very cool there," he said. "And I think there's incredible value as we use that in the office connected to a Windows PC. So Microsoft research and the product groups have a lot going on there because you can use the cost reduction that will take place over the years to say, why shouldn't that be in most office environments."

Read the full interview at CNET

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6 user comments

116.7.2009 16:57

I cant wait for it to come out!!

216.7.2009 20:31

Gives me a reason to swing a bat in the house, what more do you need

316.7.2009 23:41

Originally posted by Gates:
This is a camera seeing what's going on.
Shouldn't we be scared? lol

417.7.2009 0:34

Quote:
Originally posted by Gates:
This is a camera seeing what's going on.
Shouldn't we be scared? lol
We should. I'm calling it now - this is the beginning of skynet!

517.7.2009 1:16

Quote:
Quote:
Originally posted by Gates:
This is a camera seeing what's going on.
Shouldn't we be scared? lol
We should. I'm calling it now - this is the beginning of skynet!
what? nah they all RROD anyway

621.7.2009 11:14
pianoman6
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Quote:
Quote:
Quote:
Originally posted by Gates:
This is a camera seeing what's going on.
Shouldn't we be scared? lol
We should. I'm calling it now - this is the beginning of skynet!
what? nah they all RROD anyway
Point well made, doesn't Microsoft consider fixing its broken tech before considering selling new? Oh yeah Vista, right.

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