TVs Getting More Natal-y In Q3 2010

Late 2010 will bring us the ability to play video games without a controller in our hands. But even if you skip getting a Project Natal, there will be ways for you to motion-control your TV with a hand wave.

The New York Times reports that the Xbox 360's Project Natal is just one of many gesture-sensing systems coming to home electronics this year. While Microsoft has told us that Natal could do everything from enable new forms of games to help people more easily navigate their libraries of content with waves of their hand, it turns out that some new TVs will do some of that stuff too:

Just as Microsoft's gaming system hits the market, so should TVs from Hitachi in Japan that will let people turn on their screens, scan through channels and change the volume on their sets with simple hand motions. Laptops and other computers should also arrive later this year with built-in cameras that can pick up similar gestures. Such technology could make today's touch-screen tools obsolete as people use gestures to control, for instance, the playback or fast-forward of a DVD.

The Times notes that a company called Primesense is making a version of this motion-sensing technology that is so advanced that it can distinguish between the gestures of multiple people sitting on the same couch.

As of now, however, it seems that only Project Natal is being discussed in the context of controller-free gesture-based games (original games, that is). For everything else, gestures mean only changing the channel, raising the volume, that sort of thing.

Note that other TVs will me more Wii-like, as we showed in some of our own recent CES coverage.

Giving Electronic Commands With Body Language [The New York Times]


    Since MS own this sort of technology, why don't they just branch out into other sorts of entertainment. Like televisions perhaps and use this sort of technology in-built. But then again, it would only get released in the US/Canada.

    It just shocks me that MS haven't branches that far out when it comes to hardware. No real laptop/PC line. Only consoles and MP3 players - one because of Sony and the other because of Apple.

    They have the money and the brains and the staff to handle these sorts of things. Perhaps not Stereo systems and DVD/Blu-Ray players or anything like that. But TVs is something they would have a high chance of succeeding in compared to the MP3 Player market and mobile phones.

    so when two people want to watch different shows?
    Is the tele going to recognise a master controller?

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