Microsoft unveils high tech game controller

Voice-activated Kinect could add millions of customers

Microsoft wants to invade your living room. The software company is betting that its new video game controller, now called Kinect but previously known as Project Natal, will appeal to families ready to graduate from the Wii.

Kinect recognizes users' gestures and voice. This means they can say "pause" or "play" instead of reaching for the remote when watching a movie. And they can play video games without a controller.

If it takes off, Kinect could add tens of millions of customers to Microsoft's entertainment and devices business. The segment hasn't been a big moneymaker for Microsoft. In 2009 it amounted to less than 1% of the company's overall operating income.
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