A look through the eyes of Natal (VIDEO)

Engadget has posted a video demonstration from NextGen-News showing how Project Natal actually views people interacting with it. One interesting thing about the video is the gender recognition. Natal is able to recognize if you're a male or female using facial recognition (or by how tight your pants are [SarcMark]). The video also shows off the system's ability to independently track two different people at the same time.

It was also noted, by someone in the audience, that the lag issues which were seen in earlier demos were pretty much gone. Lag was a major concern, especially when dealing with games that require near-instant reaction to commands (such as first person shooters). Gamers should be happy to see Microsoft taking the issue seriously. Natal is still expected to be released at the end of this year. To see the demo, check out the video below.

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I can only imagine the embarrassment for some feminine looking guys when Natal tries to label them as a female. Happy to see the lag is reduced!

It looks great, for bowling, tennis and stuff like that, but I just can't picture myself playing CoD MWx However, I definitely want one of this things for Christmass

ReznorX said,
It looks great, for bowling, tennis and stuff like that, but I just can't picture myself playing CoD MWx However, I definitely want one of this things for Christmass

That's because you see Natal as a replacement for the controller while it's intended to be used WITH a controller. You will still move your character with the controller, but anytime you would want to throw a grenade, make signs to your lan team, look somewhere etc. it will be much more natural using Natal. That's actually the great thing about the technology : it's natural, not trying to force you to use gestures where you really didn't feel the need in the first place.

Edited by DrunkenBeard, Apr 15 2010, 8:40pm :

Alladaskill said,
How tight your pants are to decide gender? lulz @ emo boys being mistaken for girls!!

Was thinking the same thing... I am seeing more and more "guys" wearing what I can only believe are girls jeans and they must use baby oil to squeeze into those things

Alladaskill said,
How tight your pants are to decide gender? lulz @ emo boys being mistaken for girls!!

I believe that was a joke.

Very excited about Natal but I'm curious how you "pull the trigger" on something..like releasing a bowling ball. I wonder if there is some sort of gesture for that. So in the bowling example, swing your arm while your hand is in a fist position and then opening your hand at the apex of your swing. It would be cool if it was fast enough to capture that. And I can imagine your swing follow through would determine characteristics...like bowling ball spin. Although, that would be quite unlike real bowling where spin is derived by wrist movement. Eventually, I could see Natal paired with some sort of wrist controller.

JohnCz said,
Very excited about Natal but I'm curious how you "pull the trigger" on something..like releasing a bowling ball. I wonder if there is some sort of gesture for that. So in the bowling example, swing your arm while your hand is in a fist position and then opening your hand at the apex of your swing. It would be cool if it was fast enough to capture that. And I can imagine your swing follow through would determine characteristics...like bowling ball spin. Although, that would be quite unlike real bowling where spin is derived by wrist movement. Eventually, I could see Natal paired with some sort of wrist controller.

I've wondered that too. How do they capture the tiny movements in your hands.

Impressed by how well it could isolate the person. No more drawing the curtains and trying to make the thing work

dogmai said,

They should work on getting LIVE free. I don't even care if it's ad supported.

it will be free once the millions of idiots stop paying for it

dogmai said,

They should work on getting LIVE free. I don't even care if it's ad supported.

You get what you pay for. Just look at how horrible PSN is.

thommcg said,
Gender recognition, ehh? So what functions will our genitals be mapped to? ;O

Waggle, of course.

thommcg said,
Gender recognition, ehh? So what functions will our genitals be mapped to? ;O

I can see a sims like game or maybe some adult games lol

It's good to have that recognition. Women don't want to play as guys or at least most don't. It'll put a whole new look to your avatars. You can model it after yourself and maybe even put your whole body in there and maybe switch out your face so people don't get to see the real you. Or you can do the opposite. They'll probably just let you be your avatar though.

dogmai said,

maybe some adult games lol

won't happen on 360, because MS controlls what games are published for it. On PC it mighbe be possible because its open market, anyone can sell and publish games.

Co_Co said,
the lag is better but its not gone.

Even the wireless controllers have some lag, games take this into account though. MS said that Natals lag will equal that of the wireless controller when it's done.