There have always been advertising slogans that prove very popular but offer very little substance.
And then a business slogan comes along touting a new product that not only captures the very essence of a product but also faithfully delivers on its promise to consumers.
Such is the case with, "You are the controller", the oft-cited phrase used to sum up the experience of the new hands-free Kinect controller by Xbox 360.
I recently bought the Kinect for Dh699 here in Dubai to plug in to my Xbox gaming machine that has essentially been a dust collector since I bought it last year.
I played it for a couple of hours in my living room, leaning and jumping for all I was worth amid my first immersion into the hands-free gaming world.
I didn't need a hand controller because the new Kinect technology can perform full-motion tracking of the human body at 30 frames per second — the sensors track 48 points from the human body from three cameras located on the face of the device.
I rarely gush about any new piece of technology but in this case I loved everything Kinect had to offer.
In fact, it may very well be one of the most user-friendly gadgets I've ever used.
After removing it from the packaging, I plugged a couple of cables into the Xbox, slipped in the game disc and turned the machine on.
Within less than a minute, the Kinect sensors had identified me as a player and with a wave of my hand, I was white water rafting down a tropical river and steering my rubber raft by moving my entire body either left or right.
To capture coins hanging in the air for points, I jumped high into the air.
I went on to play another game in which I plugged leaks with my hands and feet in a virtual underwater glass box requiring serious agility and flexibility.
Another mountain obstacle game also pushed the limits of my physical capabilities as I rode the rails dodging and ducking inflatable obstacles in my way.
In other words, I was breaking into a serious sweat for long periods of time, but because I was focused on playing the game, it never occurred to me that Kinect was also providing me with a very serious physical workout.
Forget about sitting in a sedentary position and moving thumbs, fingers and wrists for ten hours straight — Kinect commands players to get their hearts thumping.
1.) Extremely user friendly set-up
2.) Very easy intuitive games
3.) Captivating engaging game play
5.) Multi-user fun for whole family
1.) Can't play too close to TV
2.) Games can crash in middle of play
4.) Clicking icons with hand difficult
5.) Not couch-potato friendly