NEWS - Tuesday, May 17, 2011

Kinect Gets Improved Facial Recognition

Avatar Kinect will launch later this Spring, with Kinect owners able to hang-out with up to seven friends in a number of simulated environments.

"The gathering spots will range from the set of a late-night talk show to a tailgate party to a magical forest," said Umaimah Mendhro, a senior product manager for Microsoft Startup Business Group.

Not only will users be able to interact by speaking, but their Kinect Avatar will accurately reflect their facial expression in real-time.

Erik Lang, general manager for the Mircosoft Startup Business Group, spoke about the "huge amount of work" it took to develop an algorithm to capture "the science of a smile."

Unveiled at CES earlier this year, Avatar Kinect is, according to Lang, "just the beginning."

Expect Microsoft to showcase Avatar Kinect at their upcoming E3 press conference, scheduled for June 6.



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