Tuesday, June 2, 2009

Microsoft's Amazing New Game Controller: Project Natal

With many positive reviews of Windows 7, such as this one from veteran tech columnist, Walter S. Mossberg, Microsoft seems to be on a roll these days, which is a far cry from where it was this time last year.

With Windows 7 already seemingly a hit, Microsoft can now add it's new Zune HD, it's new highly praised search engine, Bing, and it's newly announced Project Natal gaming controller, an amazing device if ever there was one. This new controller does away with the traditional game controller by turning the player themselves into the controller, as you can see demonstrated in the above YouTube video.

All I will say is: "Watch out Nintendo, because your WII is about to get some big competition - really big!"

For one thing, this is the kind of controller that I have always dreamed about, and if you ask me, it can and will be easily adapted to uses other than just gaming per say. By using it's built-in biometric and facial recognition abilities, it would seem natural that Microsoft will adapt this system further by including it in future versions of Windows, along with that of multi-touch. One could simply, for example, move objects around on the screen simply by your body movements, without any need to actually touch and smudge up screen.

Also, with a little work, unless the screen or system recognized your face, or your fingerprint, it could easily enable the OS to disallow hackers from accessing your PC directly, or allowing it to transfer information from it, such as your personal banking passwords, etc. This not only would make your computer more secure, of course, but much easier to use and more worry free as well. I feel that Microsoft, with this new controller system, could have something really big on it's hands here, and by judging from the press's reaction thus far, I'm not alone in my thinking.

This could give Microsoft a big leg up on it's competitor's, including Apple. What does Apple have up it's sleeve that could go up against such a system? That I don't know, but like Microsoft, you can bet your last Tootsie Roll that Apple is working on several such projects as we speak. Hopefully, a little more of which should be revealed next week at Apple's annual developers conference. It's here that more information is expected to be released on Snow Leopard that could give it some significant and major advantages over Windows 7, and especially under the hood, by making it more secure, faster and considerably more stable than any OS that went before it.

However, from what we know about Snow Leopard, whether there will be anything quite like Microsoft's new controller that will amaze and intrigue people, well, that I don't yet, but I'm expecting such will be the case, if not now, then certainly in the near future. I'm just not sure of exactly what that will entail, but clearly with Apple's acquisition of PA Semiconductor it's now believed that Apple is hard at work on several new and unique chips that could give it special advantages that neither Windows or Linux OS's will be able to match for some considerable time. The question is when will we see and get our hands on them? Again, that I don't know, but, like others, I know that they are coming and I can barely wait for them to get here.

And that's my 2 cents 4 this Tuesday, June 02, 2009

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