Steve Ballmer, Microsoft CEO, introduced Avatar Kinect using his own Xbox LIVE avatar at CES earlier this year.
Microsoft has started showing off how Avatar Kinect will work and demonstrated some of its features to a select group at the company’s headquarters on Monday. Todd Bishop from TechFlash was at the briefing and has posted a detailed video of what Microsoft revealed. 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.
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. Microsoft’s demonstration shows that 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 technology is likely to appeal to the masses and appears to be a fun and easy way to create a unique movie clip to send to family and friends. Microsoft says Avatar Kinect will be available in the Spring and is free of charge for Xbox LIVE gold customers.