Microsoft made Avatar Kinect available on Monday.
The software giant released Avatar Kinect as part of its Kinect Fun Labs extension to the Kinect hub. Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer originally introduced Avatar Kinect using his own Xbox LIVE avatar at CES earlier this year. 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 in June. 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 plans to release more in future. The software giant is providing over 15 different stages for users to pick from and use Avatar Kinect. The stages range from kids themed stages to performance and broadcast stages. 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.
The download is available immediately and weighs in at 659MB. The download requires Xbox LIVE Gold. Microsoft also promised that its finger painting 3D light show, Kinect Sparklers, will be made available on Thursday July 28 for 240 Microsoft points.