Project Natal Coming to Your TV and PC Soon!

project-natalIt sounds like Microsoft isn’t settling for just bringing its gesture recognition Natal stuff to the Xbox – the Big M has its beadey little eyes on Windows, according to a very good source: That source happens to be a certain Microsoft Chairman, Bill Gates.

Gates spoke to CNET News and talked about a world where depth-sensing cameras (yeah, like the one the Xbox is getting) would allow people to control their PCs, game consoles and TVs.

Billy boy said, “I’d say a cool example of that, that you’ll see… in a little over a year, is this camera thing.” Gates said it was not just for games, “but for media consumption as a whole, and even if they connect it up to Windows PCs for interacting in terms of meetings, and collaboration, and communication.”

Using your body to control devices makes a good deal of sense, Gates proposed. “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.”

Gates actually mentioned the seeds of Natal back in 2007 where he appeared with Steve Jobs where he said “”Imagine a game machine where you’re just going to pick up the bat and swing it, or the tennis racket and swing it….” but moderators Walt Mossberg and Kara Swisher took a bit of a verbal swing at BG saying such a technology already exists and it’s called the Wii.

Gates countered with the fact that “No, that’s not it. You can’t pick up your tennis racket.” – “You can’t sit there with your friends and do those natural things,” he said. “That’s a 3D positional device. This is video recognition. This is a camera seeing what’s going on.”

So – things seem to be getting interesting; don’t you think?

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