Today's Hard|Forum Post
Today's Hard|Forum Post

Wednesday August 03, 2011

'Xbox: Play' Bringing Voice Recognition to the Living Room

For years leading up to the launch of Kinect for Xbox 360, Microsoft was blending technologies for the connected living room, working toward its vision of a natural, powerful center for home entertainment. At the same time, millions of people around the world had invited the newest iteration of video game consoles into their homes آ— the Xbox 360 video game and entertainment system, which was capable of handling games, movies, TV, music and photos آ— and it opened a world of Internet-connected possibilities.

"Bill Gates spoke about Microsoft’s strategy for the living room, with an intelligent entertainment center to enable amazing experiences," says Thomas Soemo, principal program manager lead for the Xbox platform at Microsoft. "We knew that the Xbox 360 system was going to be a prime component of this vision."