Project Natal now Project Kinect for Xbox 360

I wrote about Project Natal when we saw a preview of it during the winter.   From what I saw at the preview, it looked as if it was truly next generation gaming and would kick the Wii out of many a family room.  Say goodbye to controllers–the software helps you create your own avatar (of you–even down to your ponytail) and then you become the controller…yep, just kick or swing your hand and voila it happens on screen. Of course we haven’t tested it yet with kids–so we don’t know how all the games play out for kids, tween, teens and adults–but it looks really fun even if you’re a well-meaning, geeky, less than confident gamer over a certain age.

My brother James is at E3 where they now really rolling it out…keep up with all things E3 by reading his posts at

Toy Fair 2010: Star Wars LEGO: So good!

Star Wars LEGO: Hans Solo being placed in carbonite

If you are a big Star Wars LEGO fan, you’ll be really excited to see the new sets scheduled for 2010.  We asked LEGO’s Julie Stern to take us through the new sets so that you could take a look.   Watch the video.  You’ll hear both my mother Joanne and brother James (noted Tech expert and founder of on this video. We’re a noisy bunch.

Oh no! Hans! We'll save you!

On this  second video you can see James’ reenactment of Hans Solo being taken away after being frozen in carbonite.    It’s this attention to detail that we really appreciate.  If you watch this video, you will have a glimpse into my childhood!  You can also hear my mother in the background laughing.