from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- A region of southeast Africa on the Indian Ocean. Sighted by Vasco da Gama on Christmas Day 1497 and named Terra Natalis, it was settled by British traders in 1823 and by the Boers after 1836. Annexed by the British to Cape Colony in 1843, Natal became a separate colony after 1856 and a founding province of South Africa in 1910.
- A city of northeast Brazil on the Atlantic Ocean north of Recife. Founded in the late 1590s, it grew rapidly in World War II as a base for flights connecting with Africa. Population: 778,000.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- proper n. A seaport and the state capital of Rio Grande do Norte, Brazil.
- proper n. A former British colony and province of South Africa. It is now called KwaZulu-Natal province.
Durban, the port of Natal, is one of our biggest bunkering ports, and next month there will be open in Natal a section of the railways about 200 miles long to be worked by electrification power.
If Natal is as awesome as it is this is a FATALITY Blow on any wii stuff out there at the present and future times!
Natal is just a tool, and the really big responsibility lies on honest reviews, and if positive, then creative developers.
Natal is just the start of ambitious plans Microsoft has for trailblazingNUI computing.
The general opinion seems to be that Microsoft's Natal is more useful to a wider audience than Sony's (I interviewed Sony about its motion control scheme and this idea of a core-versus-casual divide here).
Natal is a very different type of "motion controller."
I think Microsoft's Project Natal is easily more marketable and has a bigger "wow" factor that Sony's motion controller doesn't – because it's too similar to the Wii Remote.
But, personally, Natal is the only large-scale revelation that's really taken root in my mind.
My interest was most piqued by the Sony conference, mostly because I'm a lot less interested in Natal than other people.
Without that feedback, something like Natal is going to feel too wishy-washy, I think.
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