Microsoft research and strategy chief Craig Mundie revealed that Avatar Kinect, Microsoft’s video-conferencing feature of the Xbox 360, is due to launch within a few weeks.
Avatar Kinect is a unique way for Kinect users to interact with each other. Kinect supports facial tracking and even facial expressions that will allow users to talk to each other with their avatars.
Microsoft is calling Avatar Kinect a “social experience” that will bring your avatar to life.
Microsoft launched Kinect Fun Labs earlier this month. The new service is a permanent addition to the Kinect hub. Fun labs allows Kinect owners to download gadgets to play around with Kinect. Microsoft has released several free gadgets and is expected to make Avatar Kinect available as a free gadget in July.
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.
It’s yet to be seen how and if Microsoft can integrate the successful Kinect or Kinect 2 with Windows 8.
A seamless integration of the Xbox Kinect experience and a desktop Kinect experience could be part of the factors that make Windows 8 a runaway hit…
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