Project Natal becomes Kinect at E3 media circus

Microsoft has officially launched its controller-free motion sensing device. Previously known as Project Natal, it now has a proper name: Kinect.

The device, for the Xbox 360, has a camera, audio sensors and motion sensors that track the movements of 48 key body parts (not that one, not yet). It can recognize faces and voices.

Kinect can perform full-motion tracking of the human body at 30 frames per second, and isn’t affected by what a user is wearing or what type of furniture is around.

“Some people don’t like controllers,” said Mike Delman, corporate vice president of global marketing for interactive entertainment.

“And Kinect makes the gaming and entertainment experience more organic and free-flowing, without any of the barriers that can sometimes keep people from participating.”

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