Al Bsharah Business Minded, Technically Inclined

Video Game Controllers, or Lack Thereof

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A while back, I posted about some Amazing Human-Computer Interfaces.  Today, I’m adding a couple of big-name entries into this space.

Microsoft and Sony both announced some new controller technologies at E3 a couple weeks back, and I’ve included promotional videos from both.  The PS3 motion controller solution appears to be a little closer to prime time and uses a hand-held device.  The Xbox motion controller concept (named Project Natal) is void of any physical device and simply uses your body movement, but this seems to be more of a “vision” at this point than anything tangible.

I find this incredibly fascinating, and not just for the video game industry.  The interactivity potential is limitless here when these types of products come to market.  Immediately, I can picture training for surgeons or other health-care personnel…or heck, any hands-on profession for that matter.  If Sony or Xbox ever come to the television table with anything worthwhile, imagine the interactivity!  Who needs a remote, when you can just gesture what you want to see on TV?  How about swiping your hand to the side for a new angle while watching your favorite sport?  The possibilities will keep me up at night…  <smile>

Enjoy the videos…

SONY PS3 CONTROLLER CONCEPT:

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MICROSOFT XBOX (lack of) CONTROLLER CONCEPT:

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About the author

Al Bsharah

Al’s been involved in multiple San Diego startups since 1999 after leaving the Detroit auto industry as an electrical engineer. He's started two of his own companies where he's raised capital from both VCs and angels, and sold one of them to both Seismic and Return Path. He resides on the board of Startup San Diego, is a Tech Coast Angels member, and has graduated both Techstars and Founder Institute accelerator programs where he now mentors. Al is currently the Vice President of Product Strategy at Seismic and in his free time he manages to play a little beach volleyball, trade stocks, and camp with his wife, son, dog, and friends.

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