In The Xbox Future, Your TV Will Know If You Are Yelling, Booing

Why have been people yelling at professional athletes who fumble and fall and anger them when those athletes are on their TVs and can't hear them? Because these people have been getting ready for the Xbox 360's Project Natal.

From an interview with Xbox 360 project manager Marc Whitten, who discusses some non-gaming applications of the sensors in Project Natal, the seeing, hearing, heckling-checking hands-free control device that will be released for Microsoft's game console later this year:

"But Natal isn't just about gaming — it's about all living-room experiences. Imagine a sporting event — Natal could know which team you're for because it sees your jersey, or knows you thought a bad call was made when you yell 'boo.' It learns about you and gets smarter to create a more tailored entertainment experience."

What sort of experience do you think it will tailor if, while watching a WWE match, a let out a Ric Flair "whooooo!" every time a guy does a chop? Not that I ever do that.

Microsoft's Marc Whitten on Xbox 360's Project Natal [Fast Company][PIC]



    So everything you say, and all of your actions sitting in your living room will be "analysed" by Microsoft.

    Guess they will need to store it all on their online servers too, to make sure you have the best possible experience.

    Makes you wonder what other exciting new products Microsoft have in store for us.

      What year is it? 1984 perhaps??

    You would have to remember to turn it off when snuggling on the couch (and the noises that accompany said snuggling) - or run the risk of it trying to guess how you feel.


    when i yell at the TV i don't yell "BOO" i yell like a dirty sailor on payday.. wonder if it will know which team i go for then or it might be a case of can not compute.

    Who's wearing a gurnsey to watch television in their own house?

    I don't think I'll be watching tele with my xbox on, much as I love it... it's just too darn loud.

    Who the hell yells out "boo" when they play games..

    Yeah bit sus that microsoft is gonna be watching us in our loungerooms. just a bit of a privacy issue.

    This reminds me of that thing I read about some time last year where Microsoft patented some thing that basically said their OS would search through files for words that would help their advertising engines. One would only assume they'd be doing something similar here. Only issue with it is I swear at games all the time (ever had the wheels pop through the bonnet of your car in Need For Speed Shift?), and in spite of that, the reason I play those games is because I like them. The last thing I need is ads for games I don't want to play just because I may or may not have a slightly annoying experience with a game I enjoy.

    Great, my neighbours and loved ones already think I'm crazy for yelling at the television during Magic/Panthers/Penguins/Packers/Mariners/Swans games, but now I have to deal with my appliances judging me. Seems my toaster paranoia was well-founded.

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