Kikizo: Natal is a bigger deal than critics think

By Stephany Nunneley, Thursday, 11 June 2009 18:51 GMT

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Kikizo has a nice article talking about how Natal is a very big deal, how the demo given to the site at E3 went, and   its chat with Peter Molyneux, and Shigeru Miyamoto.

Microsoft’s Kudo Tsunoda spoke to Kikizo during the event, and explained the technology behind the peripheral, and it’s “really smart infra-red ‘radar'” that scans players onto the screen in 3D. The tech even tracks over 48 joints on your body and can draw your skeleton in real time as you move.

During a closed-door session, a more finely tuned mode was shown which depicted distance and the supposed ability to detect individual hand and finger movement.

When the site had a Mila demo given to it by Peter Molyneux, it was noted that the voice recognition software detected “changing intonations” in the players voice and caused Milo to respond accordingly.

Molyneux told the site that ’emotional AI’ is something he’s has been working on for a long time (Project Dimitri) and when Natal was revealed to Lionehead, he knew it was perfect for his “flagship technology project”.

To further illustrate that Natal is awesome, the site spoke with Miyamoto as he was leaving his personal demo of it. “He said he liked it, nodding enthusiastically when I asked him if it was good”, said the site.

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