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Full D8 Demo: Microsoft's Project Natal (Now Called Kinect)

As promised, All Things Digital is posting the full videos from our eighth D: All Things Digital conference, held in early June.

Today is our final video post, and the honor goes to Microsoft (MSFT) for its innovative Project Natal, which has recently been renamed Kinect.

The new gesture-based controller for the Xbox requires that consumer use hands, arms, legs and even heads to interact with the game, but nothing else.

To show it off, Walt Mossberg and I employed the services of my No. 1 son, Louie Swisher, who was aces at trying out the games. Me–not so much.

Here’s the video of the Project Natal/Kinect demo at D8:

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