Monday, May 24, 2010

When will Microsoft give birth to Natal?

I've been deficient in mentioning natural user interface stuff in this blog lately, but the industry does not appear to have suffered from my neglect of the topic. In fact, Paul O'Flaherty is reporting that Spike TV will be broadcasting Microsoft's Project Natal announcement on June 14, followed by a special on MTV on June 15.

Of course, an announcement is only an announcement, and Microsoft has been known to announce something well in advance of its availability. So when will we be able to get our hands on Natal stuff? ReadWriteWeb reports that the launch will occur in October:

During an interview on Saudi television with Marketing Manager E&D Microsoft Saudi, Syed Bilal Tariq. He mentions that Project Natal is launching worldwide around Oct 2010 and that more information is coming out during E3 2010.

Or maybe not:

A Microsoft rep told G4 that the purported marketing manager isn't actually directly employed by Microsoft, although the company did not deny the rumored October launch window. "Syed Bilal Tariq is not a [Microsoft] employee. He is a vendor employed through a third-party company on behalf of the Microsoft subsidiary in Saudi Arabia," said a Microsoft rep.

Rumors that Syed Bilal Tariq is not a real person, but is merely a computer-generated illusion with remarkable movement capabilities, have not been confirmed.
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