Natal To Replace The TV Remote?

Microsoft’s Xbox Live General Manager Marc Whitten suggested earlier this week that their project, Natal, will revolutionize not only gaming, but TV as well.

Since the debut of Natal, a sensor control device that uses motion, sound, and facial recognition to control objects on screen, at E3 2009, all eyes have been on Microsoft and how the Natal project would be integrated into gaming.

Speaking earlier this week, Xbox Live General Manager Marc Whitten said that they have plans to completely change the way we watch TV, integrating the use of the voice and gesture recognition features of Natal into our daily TV experience. Natal will be able to control your TV by flicking your hand left and right, and even by speaking to it. These verbal and non-verbal commands will communicate with your TV to direct it about what to do. Whitten told Yahoo! Tech that he believes Natal will be the largest leap in our TV experiences since the remote control.

Natal features voice and movement recognition and could be used as a next-gen remote control for televisions, allowing users to talk to their televisions about what channel they want to see

Natal features voice and movement recognition and could be used as a next-gen remote control for televisions, allowing users to talk to their televisions about what channel they want to see

Whitten said, “laughter is an input”, last week during a Media West Show. “Yelling and screaming at the TV when I know an answer on Jeopardy is an input. Attention is an input. Even the number of people in the room at one time is an input.”

The E3 2009 demo of Natal featured a Breakout-style game that was played using hands and feet, and the even more stunning presentation by Peter Molyneux’s LionHead Studios, featuring the computer-animated boy, Milo. A woman on stage interacted with Milo through a real conversation, showing off her drawing to the boy on a piece of paper thanks to the item recognition Natal offers while chatting him up.

The debut of Natal at E3 2009 stunned audiences, and it’s clear that Microsoft is aiming bigger than just gaming consoles with their latest project. Natal is expected to cost less than $80 and will look like a standard webcam attached to your Xbox 360.

Keep checking in with Terminal Gamer for more news regarding Natal and Microsoft’s new developments.

Source: Microsoft Sees ‘Natal’ As Your Next TV Remote