Soon, ‘hands-free’ video games

Sunday, May 24, 2009

LONDON - The ultimate computer game that banishes handheld controls and allows players’ gestures to dictate the action on screen is to be launched by Microsoft.

The Microsoft Xbox 360 uses 3-D camera technology, and is aimed at challenging the dominance of the Nintendo Wii, reports The Times.

Allowing users to kick a virtual football, drive a car or practise dance moves with a computer-generated partner simply by monitoring an individual’s movements, the entertainment system will become a must-have for any child or even a youngster.

The Microsoft camera, which is the first to be able to sense 3-D motion, is based on technology developed by 3DV Systems, an Israeli company recently acquired by Microsoft. It uses infrared light to detect real-life gestures and the players’ distance from the camera. This information is then converted into a related movement on screen.

A source close to the Microsoft project said: “By taking away the controls altogether the game becomes so easy to operate that even your grandmother can master it.”

The company refused to comment. (ANI)

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May 26, 2009: 8:46 am

Isn’t technology awesome? Such developments would have been unheard of years before, now we’re hearing hands free, 3d, infrared. The latest technologies will definitely change the way we play for now and in the years to come.

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