OK, so it’s a little after 4am and I’m still up. Partly because I’m crazy, partly because I was clearing out a backlog of work. Anyway, it looks like I’m still up as Microsoft’s Natal/Kinect unveil event is about to take place. Right now two slightly weird events are unfolding on Twitter to do with the event.
One, communications silence – We’d heard a few things about electronic devices being prohibited during the event, and it looks like they were true. It originally seemed that Major Nelson would be tweeting events as they unfolded.
However, just before I started typing this he announced that he was going dark for the duration. It basically looks like there will be no updates during the actual event, as along with the good Major various journalists seem to have vanished in the last five minutes.
Right now it’s looking like we’ll get no news until everything is done with. Of course if we want to experience it, MTV is showing what went down on Tuesday, although I don’t know how that will pan out in Europe.
Two, ponchos. Yes, I’m actually serious about this. At a significant press event about Microsoft’s flagship peripheral, Microsoft are making everyone, literally everyone; from freelance journalists to Tomonobu Itagaki (the guy behind Dead or Alive) wear a white poncho over shoulder pads.
No one has any idea what on earth is going here. Is Natal so extreme that they’re worried about the sweat from demonstrators flooding out into the crowd? I have a sneaking suspicion that they’ll be used as some kind of massive projector screen for the whole crowd.
Whilst this does sound pretty cool, it does have the minor downside that no-one in the crowd would actually see what’s being projected. I’ve actually become more curious about this than anything with the peripheral itself.
Once things have finished we’ll bring you a wrap up of all the events. One final thing before I actually get some sleep, it looks like Kinect has been officially confirmed by Microsoft as the name of Project Natal. Well, getting leaked a few hours early isn’t so bad. Seems the communications silence wasn’t quite as tight as was originally suggested.