“In-Game” at msnbc.com has just published a short video review by Todd Kenreck (see below) of the new Microsoft Avatar Kinect, a sort of social media and communications app that makes good use of the Microsoft Kinect’s tracking features to mimic a user’s head movements and facial expressions beyond the current norm. Microsoft apparently is promising hand gesture recognition in a subsequent update. Avatar Kinect is currently available as a free download to Xbox Live users but a Gold account will be needed to use it after September 8.
Avatar Kinect is a good example of the expanding world of user-to-machine apps that are making increasing use of sensor technology to refine and expand the user-machine interface by melding sensors and high-performance processors. This expansion is just beginning, so there is sure to be a substantial amount of improvement and refinement in store for the future.Vodpod videos no longer available.