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Project Natal becomes Kinect for Xbox 360 (images)

At a special performance headlined by Cirque du Soleil, Microsoft formally unveils Project Natal and its new brand name.

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Kinect for Xbox 360

Microsoft hosted a special performance by Cirque du Soleil at the Galen Center in Los Angeles on Sunday night to formally unveil Kinect for Xbox 360.

The system, formerly known as Project Natal, is Microsoft's new motion controller.

While it shows a lot of promise, nothing Microsoft demonstrated Sunday night was a great surprise. Still, it's clear where the company is going with Kinect: Nintendo's Wii console, Wii Fit, Wii Sports, and Balance Board hardware are in Microsoft's sights.

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Kinect product image

Kinect is formerly known as Project Natal. Microsoft plans to talk a great deal more about the system during its E3 press conference on Monday.
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Kinect world premiere

A child performer shows off how Kinect responds to body motion.
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Kinect at an angle

Another view of the Kinect hardware, which can sense a person's body motion and convert that movement into action on the screen.

The hardware is based on technology originally developed by the Israeli company 3DV called the ZCam. Microsoft later bought 3DV.

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