Microsoft's Steve Ballmer announced the arrival of a new Kinect application, Avatar Kinect
, during his keynote speech for CES 2011. The application was described in brief detail in our summation
of the CES announcements:
Avatar Kinect allows Kinect to accurately track facial expressions and translate those to the gamer's Avatar. Ballmer demonstrated his avatar mimicking his smile, laugh, and eyebrow raises. This integration was also demonstrated within party chat, allowing Avatar's to communicate with each other utilizing the user's own voice and facial expressions.
The trailer that accompanied Ballmer's speech has now been released on Youtube. Here you see the application in action, and your first sight of the new hub that the application will use. Beware though; the trailer contains the usual hammy acting, as seen in most of Microsoft's trailers:
It will be interesting to see how much use this application actually gets. Personally, I don't tend to sit on the dashboard for ages talking to my friends; I tend to be playing a game at the same time.Avatar Kinect
will be free for all Xbox Live Gold members, and is due to be released in Spring 2011.