As many of you have noticed, The fifth application for Kinect Fun Labs
, Avatar Kinect
was released today
. The sixth application, Kinect Sparkler
, has been advertised since the hub launched in June, and has now received a confirmed release date; the app. will be released this Thursday.Kinect Sparkler
will let players use their fingers to "draw sparkling lines that whirl glowing, gold stars in front of, behind, and around 3-D photographs of themselves", and will be the public's first hands-on experience with finger-tracking in a Kinect application. As is usual with the Kinect Fun Labs
apps, players will be able to share their creations by uploading them to the Fun Labs Live friends feed, or by uploading them to KinectShare.com; this in turn will allow players to upload their creations to Facebook, or download them to their PC.
Microsoft plans to release new applications (known as gadgets) on a regular basis for Kinect Fun Labs
. Shawn Wright, design director for Fun Labs developer Good Science, had this to say:
The gadgets are meant to showcase Kinect technology in an approachable way – things like finger tracking, facial expression tracking, object capture, player scanning and augmented reality. We tried to make the technology invisible and focused on the consumer experience. They’ll say, ‘I don’t understand how this works, but I don’t care. It’s cool’. In addition to putting the latest Kinect technology into games that will come out two years down the road, we’re trying to give it to consumers as quickly as possible.Kinect Sparkler
will cost 240 MSP.