Avatar Kinect to launch in July 2011

Ever fantasized yourself in the movie GAMER where the small kid interacts with his fellow gamers via his own avatar by speaking out to them, rotating his fingers etc. all while being seated comfortably in an orange sofa? Thanks to Microsoft and its latest Kinect XBOX 360 technology, this will be a reality soon.


Avatar Kinect, Microsoft’s video-conferencing feature of the Xbox 360, is due to launch within a few weeks. According to Microsoft, “Avatar Kinect is a ‘social experience’ that will bring your avatar to life“.

Avatar Kinect presents the users a unique way to interact with each other which means users can actually talk to each other via their avatars thanks to the facial tracking and facial expressions recognition by Kinect. Avatar Kinect shall be available as a free gadget in July 2011 as a part of Kinect Fun Labs which allows users to download gadgets to play around with Kinect.

Microsoft shall provide over 15 different stages for users to pick from and use Avatar Kinect ranging from kid themed stages to performance and broadcast stages. Avatar Kinect tracks users mouths and eyebrows to animate their avatars live on the screen. Avatar Kinect will allow users to join sessions and chat with each other to create shows that can later be uploaded and shared with others.

Come July 2011 and a Virtual social life will transformed to a ‘Real’ one, thanks to Avatar Kinect.

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Microsoft Student Partner | Computer Science graduate | Loves flirting with technology | Microsoft watcher | Syed Asrarullah lives on the web at @asrartheone.

One Comment

  1. OblongCircles

    Great, yet another way we can disassociated and depersonalize human interaction. When they said the meek shall inherit the earth apparently the nerds (meant affectionately) decided to take their antisocial skills to the next level. Instead of going out, smiling and saying hi to people, we shall now log into our xbox and say hi to people from the comfort of our homes, using avatars, while sitting on the couch. We are mere decades from becoming the humans from the Wall-E movie. Can you say, “‘tater head”?

    Seriously though, Kinect Avatar is a cool feature. I was disappointed because I thought this article referred to playing a game where your character is from the movie Avatar.

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