7/11/2010--REDMOND, WA, USA..Alex Kipman, Microsoft's director of innovation for Xbox 360, in his office on Microsoft's campus near Seattle, WAS. ..Kinect for Xbox which consists of a depth sensor that uses infrared signals to create a digital 3-D model of a player's body as it moves, a video camera that can pick up fine details such as facial expressions, and a microphone that can identify and locate individual voices. Kinect for Xbox 360, or simply Kinect was originally known by the code name Project Natal...Kinect was first announced on June 1, 2009 at E3 2009 under the code name "Project Natal". Following in Microsoft's tradition of using cities as code names, "Project Natal" was named after the Brazilian city of Natal as a tribute to the country by Microsoft director Alex Kipman, who incubated the project, and who originates from Brazil...©2010 Stuart Isett. All rights reserved.