Project Natal Preview – Home Automation Implications?

The Gadget Show’s Jason Bradbury recently attended the Microsoft hosted preview of Project Natal – the next gen gaming interface for the XBox. Watching Jason’s first impressions, especially the section on walking into your lounge, being recognised and using voice control, definitely have us thinking of the Home Automation possibilities around the technology.

So after xbmc will the next reason to hack your XBox be to control your entire home?  Will Natal live up to the hype, or will it just be another cute gaming interface building on what the Wii started.  Let us know what you think in the comments below.

3 Comments on "Project Natal Preview – Home Automation Implications?"

  1. Daniel Lawson | February 26, 2010 at 10:55 am |

    That was great… that’s what I like to see from people… it’s not all “professional” it’s I”m a gadget guy and this stuff is cool

  2. Wayne Harrison | February 26, 2010 at 10:59 am |

    Could get interesting if you start to couple that with the new 3d tv tech thats due out this year. You wont need an avatar on the screen – you will be IN the screen.

    What are the chances of MS opening up a developer or ‘home brew’ interface without it costing to join – Very Slim. although something that should be considered!

  3. I can see where the hype is coming from, but really… waving your arms about to select a movie seemed a bit imprecise… what happens when you sneeze during the movie (lifing both hands)? or lean over to pick up you mug of tea? Or punch the air and shout Yeah as the good guys take out the enemy boss? Natal decides you don’t like the movie and deletes it from the NAS? Pauses the movies and turns all the lights back on?

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