Microsoft's project Natal to be called Kinect?

Microsoft's project Natal may possibly be called “Kinect” when it launches later on this year.  Microsoft filed for a patent on April 26, 2010, attempting to register the trademark “Kinect.”

As Neowin reported back in May, Microsoft's code-named '”project Natal” would sell for $149 and be rebranded with a new name before it's debut.  This name is expected to be announced at E3 later this month.

One forum member by the name of “Keiji” over at neogaf.com noticed an Italian banner ad on console-tribe.com, which lead them to discover what could possibly be the Xbox360 Slim.  The flash banners include the word “kinect” during a preview of the “Xbox360 Slim.”  The banner also mentions that the next will support a 250GB HDD and WiFi.

kinect

The message written on the banner, “vivi oggi pronta per il futuro la technolgia del domani” written in Italian, roughly translate to “alive now ready for the future and of tomorrow”

However, the advertisements could be a fake, but do link to xbox.com in Italian, showing a countdown timer to E3.  Despite the images, there is a private unveiling event tonight, according to Major Nelson's twitter page, where it will be recorded and broadcasted on Tuesday.

xbox360 countdown

Update:

Versions of the flash banner have been found on Microsoft's servers:
http://spe.atdmt.com/ds/NMITMUMIMHPU/00Xbos_T_Update/Xbox_BigBird_IT_728x90_V1R2.swf and http://spe.atdmt.com/ds/NMITMUMIMHPU/00Xbos_T_Update/Xbox_BigBird_IT_300x600_V1R2.swf.

The whois information on atdmt.com links back to a registered Microsoft domain name.

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Seems pretty stupid and as if they can't spell 'connect' to me.
Maybe they are aiming on taking the trendy dyslexic route, like Sony did when they mispelled 'blue' in blu-ray.

Ices_Eyes said,
Here a better translation...
"Ready for the future, the technology of tomorrow."

Btw, the name sucks


Ok, forgot the first part...
Live today
Ready for the future, the technology of tomorrow

Ook so event over it was super fun and the sweat poncho is off. Most excited about the yoga and dancing games. Oh and lightsabers #kinect

Natal sounds like Microsoft's love child. Kinect is a better name but something tells me it won't perform as well as expected...

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Felicia Day Now there's Cirque de Sole dancers dancing. I kinda just wanna see more light saber fighting on the thing tho, haha.

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Felicia Day Hmm video chat through the Kinect device. Looks good but as always, video chatting always makes me worry what my hair looks like. Lol
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Felicia Day Now they're demoing a bunch of mini games, bowling javelin vollyball. Similar to all those Wii games but without a controller.
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Felicia Day Now there's some Tai Chi! I think workout tapes are now old news. I did the dancing game and it responded to all my moves and I sweated lots
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Felicia Day Aaaah Lightsaber fighting with Kinect!! Officially excited!!!!!!!!!
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Felicia Day Ok Natal's new name is Kinect, and the shoulderpads on the poncho light up to Xbox green, whole place flashed on and off, looked super cool!
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Felicia Day Going into the MS Cirque de Sole show now, they're making us wear these weird cloak things. Part of the show? http://yfrog.com/3vthelj

Strawmouth Pete said,
Sounds more like its related to the Kin phones to me

I think it has to be, it would be too much of a coincidence.

Well I don't care how it is called, as long as it's easy to spell and write. Plus, I will always call it Natal, otherwise there's a better name.

Well, just time will reveal it. Tomorrow starts one of the best season of the year: E3

I think it is an excellent name.
Natal, was perfect as a codename, but, now the technology has matured, Kinect is far more fitting.

That said, I think the whole thing is a silly gimmick which I will not be buying, unless my 3-year-old wants to play.

I think Kinect goes well with Xbox... .and it's a bit more meaningful. I could live with both Natal or Kinect.

People learn to live with brands over time. Wii from revolution didn't slow it down.

majg said,
I think Kinect goes well with Xbox... .and it's a bit more meaningful. I could live with both Natal or Kinect.

People learn to live with brands over time. Wii from revolution didn't slow it down.


It does go good with Xbox
"Kinect with Xbox!"

at least they didnt name it after an animal or fruit related theme
As the defenition says... it suites the product... *likes

The console looks very odd though... Id like to see that in real form...

brent3000 said,

The console looks very odd though... Id like to see that in real form...

Yeah, looks like two different designs mashed together, very strange angles. Have to wait until some bigger photos appear to properly judge though I suppose!

I dont mind it, remeber how people thought Wii was an awful name at first? A lot of research went into this name I'm sure...people only like natal because thats what they are used too...

Panda X said,
Microsoft and their silly names.

yes cuz no none else uses odd and funky names for products... *looks at linux platforms* *looks at Nintendo*

brent3000 said,

People liked vista

Everyone hated the name when first announced, and people made fun of it. Eventually, before it's release, people started liking the name.

The operating system is a completely different story.

Like it's been said above it's probably linked with kinetic, its also probably easier to trademark/copyright a new word than one already known (Regardless of the obvious link between them).

Omen1393 said,
At least smell connect right, the whole thing about changing the spelling of a procut name to sound cool is annoying.

At least spell spell right; don't spell it smell.

So you guys would rather keep it Natal? What if the code-name was Kinect, and was renamed Natal? Would you still like Natal better?

I had the same gut reaction, as I was just so used to Natal. However I thought about it for a second and realized that Kinect is a much better name.

schiz-o-phren-ic said,
I think Kinect is a way better, more creative, AND relevant name. Natal is just.... eww.

I agree, Kinect fits once you understand the thinking behind it.

It'll be a reference to 'kinetic'.

Adj. 1. kinetic - relating to the motion of material bodies and the forces associated therewith; "kinetic energy"
2. kinetic - characterized by motion; "modern dance has been called kinetic pantomime"
moving - in motion; "a constantly moving crowd"; "the moving parts of the machine"
3. kinetic - supplying motive force; "the complex civilization of which Rome was the kinetic center"- H.O.Taylor
energising, energizing
dynamic, dynamical - characterized by action or forcefulness or force of personality; "a dynamic market"; "a dynamic speaker"; "the dynamic president of the firm"

Dessimat0r said,
It'll be a reference to 'kinetic'.

Adj. 1. kinetic - relating to the motion of material bodies and the forces associated therewith; "kinetic energy"
2. kinetic - characterized by motion; "modern dance has been called kinetic pantomime"
moving - in motion; "a constantly moving crowd"; "the moving parts of the machine"
3. kinetic - supplying motive force; "the complex civilization of which Rome was the kinetic center"- H.O.Taylor
energising, energizing
dynamic, dynamical - characterized by action or forcefulness or force of personality; "a dynamic market"; "a dynamic speaker"; "the dynamic president of the firm"

And making it sound like connect?

SilverL said,

And making it sound like connect?

It fits, because all you have to do is think of what the device does, first it handles motion like the kinetic part of the name shows, and it also "connects" you to the game physically. It just makes sense when you think about it.

marleyuk said,
[...] what are MS doing, dont they only use stupid names lol

Uhm, no. Look at 'Bing' for an examp---- oh, wait...

Y.Light said,
I still prefer Natal

Me too interestingly enough. I can't decide if that's just because I've become used to it though... lol

Though "Kinect" sounds like it should have something to do with "Kin" Phones... :?

M_Lyons10 said,

Me too interestingly enough. I can't decide if that's just because I've become used to it though... lol

This renaming is pretty akin (see what I did there?) to the Kumo>Bing. Whilst we have all become more used to Natal and think it sounds better, something less exotic and more catchy/easy to remember will be better for the product in the long run.

Recon415 said,

This renaming is pretty akin (see what I did there?) to the Kumo>Bing. Whilst we have all become more used to Natal and think it sounds better, something less exotic and more catchy/easy to remember will be better for the product in the long run.

Yeah you might be right. However, everybody thought Wii was a stuipid name when it first came out. Now "Wii" is pretty much a household name.