– With Kinect, the new controller-free system for its Xbox 360 gaming console, Microsoft isn’t just trying to revolutionize video gaming. The company wants to change how people interact with all their entertainment choices.
Unlike the similar Nintendo Wii or Sony Move, there is nothing to hold and no buttons to push. Kinect, allows players’ physical movements to control action on the screen.
Three camera sensors and four microphones help Kinect recognize who is standing in front of it. The system recognizes voice commands and reads a player’s full range of movements — not just swings of the arm — translating them into an avatar’s actions within a game.
Alex Kipman, director of incubation for Kinect, said “We wanted to transform entertainment where technology understands you,” “It was our goal to merge really amazing tech with a really amazing experience.”
Project Natal is history, and Microsoft Kinect is a reality, bringing hands-free, voice-controlled gaming to Xbox users—just in time for the holidays.