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Project Natal or Apocalypse?

By a very enthusiastic Kristianna

Do you remember the Resident Evil movies? I know I promised Tara to never bring it up again, but I must. Do you remember that creepy little girl programming system that is guiding people through the hive? Well Microsoft and Lionhead thought it would be pretty funny to make themselves one of those, minus the bad acting and cheesy effects. His name is Milo and he is a prototype to the ground breaking system currently under works: Project Natal.

Let me give you more of a background of Natal before delving into Milo’s world. Natal is a motion based game system that allows you to become the controller. It is voice and face recognition based. This means you walk into the room, say on, and you’re logged in to your gamer tag. One simple word was all it took to recognize a certain individual. We use our hands for punching, our arms for swinging, our legs for kicking. For those who get carried away and may annihilate their home theater can place any object you want in front of the system to be scanned in as a pseudo controller.

Remember those movies with the secret government facility or villain’s secret meetings where the big bad guy is on full HD projection,? Like V for Vendetta’s Sutler with his yellow teeth and flailing saliva in high definition. Well that day is now. Another realm Natal has changed is communication. Video chat is brought to your television allowing interactivity while communicating. Whether it’s personal or business, just our way of communication has been altered.

Project Natal changes more than just gaming. Technology like this can re-alter the way we educate, operate, and rehabilitate. Some may feel Microsoft has just opened Pandora’s box, but I believe if we look at it from more than just a convenience standpoint we can see the way this revolutionizes life. Learning will become more interactive. This system will also allow those with physical handicaps a more fun way of training. Even those without physical limitations could enjoy workout regimens on a different level in the comfort of their own home.

I believe the overwhelming excitement will make me piddle in joy if I keep typing the details. Sit back and take a look for yourself at the first sneak peek of Project Natal released this year at E3.

If you haven’t jumped on the holy shit train yet, it gets better. Microsoft teamed up with Lionhead studios to develop Milo. Milo is a pre-teen boy who is developed to recognize facial gestures, vocal emotion, and body language. Milo can tell when you’re happy, when you’re sad and all the spectrum’s in between. You can interact with Milo’s world by picking things up, catching things, and theoretically put things on.

Below, Claire demonstrates Milo. Observe the small details such as her reflection in the water.

Microsoft has raised the bar on technology and has one step furthered us towards our cylon occupied destiny. Rest assured with 2012 closely approaching, this technology will certainly cause an uproar with Pat Buchanan’s salad tossing religious enthusiasts. The commotion will only prove how ground breaking it really is. All of this in mind, it only tickles me more to be first in line for this mind blowing system (even if it means camping out for two weeks). Project Natal, which is anticipated to be released late 2009 early 2010, will change the lives of millions of people.

I just wonder how Sony and Apple will top it?


7 responses to “Project Natal or Apocalypse?

  1. ladieaupair August 6, 2009 at 3:14 pm

    Milo kind of scares me, and also reminds me of a more life like digi-pet in some weird way, lol.

  2. zombiemoloch August 6, 2009 at 4:02 pm

    You keep little boys as your pet?

  3. Nives August 18, 2009 at 3:54 pm

    Sony and Apple? They are doing something together?

  4. kody September 29, 2009 at 12:49 am

    i really like what you wrote on this article i would like to see if microsoft could blow my mind with this consle =]

    • Kristianna January 8, 2010 at 1:11 pm

      Thank you I really appreciate it! I would love to see what they’re capable of as well. I really hope it lives up to it’s hype. I wonder how games are going to be developed for this. I also wonder how fun being a tester would suddenly become.

  5. Jay September 30, 2009 at 11:20 am

    Sony has a odd wand. And I doubt Apple will do anything anytime soon. They’re to busy rolling around in there money I gave them lol.

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