Today's TED talk is from Peter Molyneux, Creative director for Microsoft Game Studios Europe and famed developer of the Fable series of games. When the Microsoft's Project Natal was first announced (now called Kinect), Molyneux showed off Milo, a virtual 11 year-old boy you could interact with via Natal's unique controller-free interface. At the time, Milo's job was really to help evangelize the Natal and the potential of such an interface, but Molyneux's studio has continued to develop the software, and Milo has begun to form up as something approaching an actual product. The demo is really worth watching, partly just to see the thing in motion, but mostly to hear Molyneux talk about the bits of Milo's design (including his mind) that are literally out of the box.
Project Natal, Microsoft's upcoming no-controller-needed motion sensing camera for the Xbox 360 has finally got its ready for market name, Xbox Kinect. Kinda sounds like the Kin, eh? Those clever marketeers. The name was revealed Sunday night at a pre-E3 event featuring Cirque du Soleil with plenty of fanfare. The whole event should turn up on MTV and Nickelodeon in the near future, but until then we'll have to content ourselves with this.