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Natal = Not Just a Gaming Gimmick?

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CNET recently sat down for an interview with Microsoft emperor Bill Gates wherein he discussed his true hopes for Microsoft’s Project Natal. As it turns out, Natal might not just be limited to gaming. Here are some excerpts:

[The concept also works] for media consumption as a whole, and even if they connect it up to Windows PCs for interacting in terms of meetings, and collaboration, and communication…I think the value is as great for if you’re in the home, as you want to manage your movies, music, home system type stuff, it’s very cool there. …I think there’s incredible value as we use that in the office connected to a Windows PC. So Microsoft research and the product groups have a lot going on there, because you can use the cost reduction that will take place over the years to say, why shouldn’t that be in most office environments.

Media center innovations? Interactive conferences and powerpoints? Microsoft, making your life science fiction one step at a time.

What direction do you think Microsoft will take with it’s Natal technology?

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