Xbox Avatar Kinect arriving in July for Kinect Fun Labs

By Tom Warren, on 8th Jun 11 1:15 pm with 6 Comments

Microsoft is reportedly readying its Avatar Kinect service for July.

The software giant looks set to introduce Avatar Kinect in July as part of the new Kinect Fun Labs hub. Joystiq reports that an unnamed Microsoft representative confirmed that the service will be available in July inside Microsoft’s recently released Kinect Fun Labs. 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 earlier this week. 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 is expected to make Avatar Kinect available as a free gadget in July. 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.

  • Damaster – LiveSide.net

    Btw, this has been confirmed in the press release yesterday. http://www.microsoft.com/Presspass/press/2011/jun11/06-06E32011PR.mspx

    “Kinect Fun Labs, a new hub showcasing the latest Kinect innovations, was unveiled and is available to all Xbox LIVE members starting today. [...] More experiences will begin arriving in July, including Avatar Kinect and Kinect Sparkler.”

  • Anonymous

    Does this mean that Kinect will become more accurate.  I don’t think mine can see my eye brows moving up and down.

  • Anonymous

    Does this mean that Kinect will become more accurate.  I don’t think mine can see my eye brows moving up and down.

  • Wourelia

    For some reason I´m wondering what would happen if you have a unibrow.

  • Anonymous

    I played with the Kinect Me feature where you can have the Kinect take pictures of your face and clothes and create an avatar of yourself. All you can do with the creation is share it to the Kinect Share website. How hard would it be to convert this creation into the actual avatar used by Xbox Live? That would be much cooler.

  • Anonymous

    I played with the Kinect Me feature where you can have the Kinect take pictures of your face and clothes and create an avatar of yourself. All you can do with the creation is share it to the Kinect Share website. How hard would it be to convert this creation into the actual avatar used by Xbox Live? That would be much cooler.