Microsoft Licensees Technology for Natal Motion Sensor

PrimeSense’s Technologies to Power Microsoft Natal

by Anton Shilov
03/31/2010 | 11:05 PM

Microsoft Corp. and PrimeSense, a company developing 3D-sensing and recognition technologies, announced on Wednesday that PrimeSense will be providing its technology for use in the Project Natal motion sensor for Xbox 360.

 

“We have seen tremendous excitement and anticipation for the arrival of ‘Project Natal’ this holiday. PrimeSense has delivered an important component to the technology, helping us deliver revolutionary controller-free entertainment experiences in the living room,” said Ilan Spillinger, vice president of Xbox 360 hardware.

PrimeSense’s product portfolio contains the PrimeSensor reference design; PrimeSense system-on-chip’ which acts as the backend SoC for the entire system as well as a 3D data generation unit; optical element and NITE processing middleware. It is unclear which technology Microsoft has licensed from the Tel Aviv, Israel-based company since PrimeSense only claims about reference design, but not remains tight-lipped about its components. Earlier this year Microsoft said that Natal will not feature its own processor, hence it is unclear whether the unit actually features PrimeSense’s SoC.

“Xbox 360 hardware engineering teams developed the Project Natal sensor based on the PrimeSensor reference design to support the special requirements of Project Natal,” said Aviad Maizels, president and founder of PrimeSense.

It is interesting to note that PrimeSense’s technology resembles a similar gesture based control tech developed by another Israeli company called 3DV Systems.

Terms of the deal were not disclosed.