PrimeSense Powering Microsoft’s Project Natal

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So it was revealed just now that Israeli-based PrimeSense is powering the 3D sensing and recognition technologies behind Microsoft’s Project Natal.

The PrimeSensor is comprised of three main components: PrimeSense’s PS1080 SoC, CMOS image sensor and an IR light source. So how do those three components make Project Natal work? Glad you asked! The IR light source creates a map of the room allowing the CMOS sensor to pick up on where bodies are flailing around. Said info is relayed back to the PS1080 chip for processing and then pushed over USB back to your Xbox. It’s a little more complicated than that, but who really cares?

Check out our hands-on with Project Natal here.