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Thursday, January 7, 2010

More Natal Goodies

There's a lot of cool tech at CES right now, and one of the coolest is Project Natal.  According to this article in Joystiq, they've gotten it to do some incredible stuff:

Rather than programming by hand a way for the built-in computer in Natal to detect the thousands of ways the human body can move, they fed it thousands of shots of people in various poses. They also gave it mocapped video, which already had body points pinpointed. The resulting "brain," which is still under serious development, pinpoints about 30 body parts automatically and creates a wireform human figure 30 times a second.

Swoon.  This sort of stuff gets me all excited.  What will game designers do with this?

Now, here's where I get REALLY excited:  Most major studios may not come up with really awesome ideas.  They'll be too busy shoehorning Natal into Madden, Call of Duty, Duty of Madden, and the like.  Where I get excited is thinking about what indie developers on XBox Live will do with Natal.  Once they get their hands on the SDK, all bets are off.  It's an exciting time to be a gamer, folks.