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Canesta Developing 'Project Natal Killer'For PC

As Tech Radar states, touch is, like, so yesterday. Motion sensing is just totally rad now (wait, that's the wrong decade, sorry), and now it's coming to the PC and laptops by way of Canesta's "Project Natal killer" technology. Earlier today, the company revealed the motion-sensing project by announcing that it raised an additional $16 million to boost the overall development. A large chunk of that money comes from Quanta Computer, the world's largest maker of laptops.

But according to the company, its plans don't stop at desktops and laptops. "Canesta has invented a family of tiny CMOS 3-D "camera" chips that can provide a real-time, 3-D "depth map" of the surrounding area to PCs, consumer electronics devices such as televisions, videogames, or smartphones," Canesta said. "The technology enables revolutionary 3-D user experiences that dramatically improve device functionality and convenience, and are just plain fun to use."

VentureBeat adds to the report, indicating that the chips actually lets the cameras "see" moving objects. The camera detects the user's movements and then calculates exactly where they are. Canesta's system then translates the detected motion into commands for whatever electronic device is in use. This means that users can control a PC without touching it; switching TV channels could be as easy as waving a hand.

"The emergence of 3-D ‘natural' interfaces in PCs--such as 'touchless' gesture controls--as well as other immersive applications, has been inevitable," commented Jim Spare president and CEO of Canesta.

  • fulle
    You know, come to think of it... I don't know what kids say nowadays. They turned into a buncha faggy, vampire-loving-emos, so instead of "that's like totally rad", what do they say now? "I don't want to cut my wrists right now."? Wait... I'm doing it wrong... how do I say that in short, abbreviated text talk?
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  • fulle
    I got distracted, sorry. On topic, Canesta's TV Gesture control, which is meant to replace TV remotes, actually looks mildly useful (although, it'd be totally abused by my daughter when I'm trying to watch football).
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  • griffed88
    ^^ looks like someone is getting older and doesn't understand the generation that follows them lol. Happens every single generation lol, lovin it. Not sayin vampires are cool or anything, but the whole emo kids cutting their wrist stereotype has got to go...just sayin.

    anyways, looks like that interface from Minority Report is more possible than I thought.
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  • maigo
    lol, screen shot is from SecondLife
    for porn
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  • warezme
    don't know, I'm totally in touch with this generation and this idea Rocks!, I might even twitter or blog it but..., I won't.
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  • mlopinto2k1
    I think things are getting a little too far ahead of themselves. Creativity is at an all time low. Kinda sickening. Remember when you actually had to ACT to make a movie good?
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  • outacontrolpimp
    fulleThey turned into a buncha faggy, vampire-loving-emos, so instead of "that's like totally rad", what do they say now? "I don't want to cut my wrists right now."? Wait... I'm doing it wrong... how do I say that in short, abbreviated text talk?
    agreed. fuck twilight and fuck abbreviations and all that other brainless talk.

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  • fulleI got distracted, sorry. On topic, Canesta's TV Gesture control, which is meant to replace TV remotes, actually looks mildly useful (although, it'd be totally abused by my daughter when I'm trying to watch football).Damn!

    It'd be real irritating to watch TV and have the channel or the volume change just because you or someone else in the room made the wrong movement.

    Lift your arm while you reach with your other hand to scratch the underside just by your shoulder. Or twist in your seat so you can scratch your @$$ or adjust your nuts. Raise your elbow in the air while you scratch behind your ear or pick your nose. Or how about when you take your glasses off with one hand and use your other hand to rub your eyes. Or how about just flipping the bird to someone on TV.

    Just what little motions are we gonna have to learn to try our damnedest not to do so as to avoid any problems with this sort of technology?

    I honestly don't think I could be comfortable with this type of control interface.

    As it is, I don't even own a cellphone cause I dislike how small how small they are, not to mention the size of the buttons and the fact that there are too many features crammed into them. Yeah, I've got really big hands which is one of the reasons for my dislike of cell phones. Another is cause everywhere you look you see people glued to their cells, constantly talking on them no matter what they are doing and not paying any attention to what they are doing in the mean time.
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  • acecombat
    Imagine how good Mass Effect 2's intergalactic 'scene' could be with this :P
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  • liquidsnake718
    Not all kids today are total fools walking around like little vampires....

    Maybe the kids and brothers and sisters of "tech geeks: like TOMS readers right? So how does that feel? TO be labled as a vampire tech geek? Because the kids I know are spoiled rich kids that drive cars like 3 series, a4's, subarus, escapes, lancers, galants and accords... play video games for fun or to KILL TIME but not as dorks playing half life..... and some of us even had crazy computers 10years ago,most that I knew in high school were doing crazy stuff you probably hevent even done.... but THE FACT is an example, this is JUST a small segment of children and does not make up the whole while there are kids struggling to live and get by probably with no jobs, and are most likely reverting to violence or things not normal. Not all kids that are gothic, anyway I do hate Twilight as well but just because of its pathetic attempt to make a vampire movie doesnt mean that ALL kids now a days like it....

    You must be watching too much MTV thinking all kids are like that...and plus yeah you are right, these kids dont really understand what and where vampires came from, a despot rules that basically took advantage of his enemies from eastern europe, not some stupids kids why try to be vampires while getting paid too much to act too stupid....

    Going back to computers, these kids also probably fit into this segment as PC builders that can make crazy PCs and can also beat some uf us in games. I mean I hate it when some stupid kid 'frags' or kills me in COD or Crysis:WH and they sound like little jerks. Its ironic isnt it. But I guess what you are getting at is the 70's and 80's generation not to mention the older ones still have morals. But who is to blame? I think its MEDIA and its ruining America's morals. Think reality TV.....

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