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Microsoft reveals science behind Project Natal

Scientific American posted a video (embedded below) including interviews with Director of Incubation Alex Kipman about Project Natal and talk about some of the challenges and methods they use to detect user. One of the ‘tricks’ to Natal is that it isn’t concerned so much with the body parts as much as the joints that connect those parts. It also accounts for type of clothing that you’re wearing. It demos value of Microsoft Research, also shows the breadth of MSR as the algorithm for machine learning in Natal was developed by Jamie Shotton, in Cambridge, England, and the main development in Seattle. It closes with Peter Molyneux in typically buoyant form saying “Natal is forcing me as a designer to think of this as a relationship between the player and a piece of technology,” he says. “We’re trying to make something that feels as if it’s alive.”

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