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Project Natal can pick up your gender… I am seriously impressed

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I believe I am a pretty tech savvy person and can understand most technical designs and ideas but this is verging on witchcraft to me.

After the break you will find a tech-demo video of Project Natal as it was being shown off at an Israeli R&D center it shows us quite a fair bit including

  • minimal lag
  • multiple entities on a single screen
  • depth and assets crossing over
  • and then gender…

Amazingly Project Natal can pick up your gender just by analysing what you look like. VG247 thinks it has to do with facial recognition while my wife thinks it’s more to do with measuring the hips in comparison to the rest of the body.

I’m going to take my wife’s side on this one (see we can be taught) and agree that it’s most likely not facial recognition… I still privately feel it’s witchcraft though and should possibly be burnt at the stake.

As soon as it’s released I am throwing it in the closest river to see if it drowns… if once removed it doesn’t work it will be conclusive proof that it’s a witch. If it still works we will return to the stake idea.

When it comes to the wow stakes however I think it’s pretty clear that Microsoft has one up on Sony. They are going to find it far easier to sell this to the mass market.

Last Updated: April 16, 2010


  1. eXp

    April 16, 2010 at 10:34

    What happens if Caster Semenya uses it?


    • Gavin Mannion

      April 16, 2010 at 10:37

      It picks up an awesome athelete 😎


    • ewie

      April 16, 2010 at 10:37

      Should ask IAF to use this to determine.

      Nadal unit before every race.


    • Potty391

      April 16, 2010 at 10:38

      I guess that would settle the man-woman issue once and for all 😀


    • Bodyfat Kotick

      April 17, 2010 at 02:31

      Or a typical male gamer? You know slightly rounder around the waist (and hips)…cough!


  2. Tim Greenhalgh

    April 16, 2010 at 10:52

    You guys on Twitter? Have tweeted there on this! Thanks Tim (@timsgreenhalgh)


  3. Goose ZA

    April 16, 2010 at 10:52

    The only way to know for sure is to see if it weighs the same as a duck…


  4. Uncle

    April 16, 2010 at 11:25

    So it can pick up if you are aroused too I’m guessing… can it tell who is MORE of a man than others? :ninja:


  5. RSA-Ace

    April 16, 2010 at 13:28

    I’m not so sure if it picks your gender but rather remembers your profile.

    I may be wrong but it’s pretty obvious this is the case. You get to choose your avatar’s clothing, hair style, gender etc. right? (sorry I don’t have an xbox). So Natal will simply, when you walk in view, use your already customised avatar. It will probably remember arm lengths, size of body parts to try and guess which person you are.


  6. RSA-Ace

    April 16, 2010 at 13:32

    The lag really was minimal when the chick was just on – very impressive.

    When the other guy stepped in it got quite a bit worse though. Now what worries me is that if other people are sitting next to you while you playing is natal busy processing there ‘stick bodies’ – thus slowing the machine down. Well I guess if it’s a one player game it would just lock on to your body and ignore everyone else.

    Gonna have to wait and see. But I can say the closer this is getting to launch the more excited I’m getting.

    This, and a slim xbox, may tip me over the edge into finally getting an x360.


  7. AlKi

    April 16, 2010 at 15:50



  8. Bobby Kotick is not impressed

    April 16, 2010 at 15:53

    lol, I think I share Alki’s sentiments.


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