Project Natal: the Wii is dead

Finally, the end of the Wii is near. Microsoft unveiled Project Natal at E3 today: full-body motion control for the XBox 360 that doesn’t require a controller of any kind.

I’ve always been unimpressed by the Wii’s technical capabilities and the only real advantage of the Wii has been the controller. With full-body motion control w/o any controller, gaming is going to be taken to a whole new level.

I can’t wait for this to evolve from just games to useful productivity tools for next-generation workstation UIs. Think Tom Cruise in Minority Report…

Here is a video demo that shows Natal in action in a variety of different gaming and entertainment scenarios. Pretty cool: