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Miscrosoft previews motion-savvy, virtual-world interactions of Avatar Kinect

January 7, 2011 | Chris Payatagool
kinect_avatar.jpgAvatar Kinect Puts Your Best Face Forward

Avatar Kinect allows for richer virtual interactions by tracking the actual facial expressions and gestures of users and letting their avatars express them on screen -- or not. "With an avatar, people can choose which visual details they want to transmit," observed UVa prof Kamin Whitehouse. The technology could go way beyond gaming -- bringing dramatic changes to business teleconferencing, for example.

By Mike Martin
01/06/11 2:50 PM PT

"Avatar" movie director James Cameron couldn't have scripted a better keynote speech for Microsoft (Nasdaq: MSFT) CEO Steve Ballmer, who announced at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas Wednesday that Kinect and Xbox will connect with consumers via avatars, transporting Xbox Live Gold subscribers into the chatty, motion-savvy, virtual world of Avatar Kinect.

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