Avatar Kinect to launch through Xbox Live this spring

By Stephany Nunneley, Tuesday, 17 May 2011 13:55 GMT

Microsoft has confirmed its “social “entertainment experience”, Avatar Kinect, will be launched through Xbox Live this spring.

The program allows you to control your Avatar’s movements and expressions through Kinect’s facial recognition system, which causes your Avatar to smile, nod, speak, and frown along with you.

Using Avatar Kinect, up to seven people will be able to project their virtual selves into a themed environment and “hang out” in sets ranging from tailgate parties to talk-show settings.

“Avatar Kinect will let you hang out and socialize with seven of your friends in a simulated environment,” said Umaimah Mendhro, a senior product manager for Microsoft Startup Business Group. “The gathering spots will range from the set of a late-night talk show to a tailgate party to a magical forest.”

All of your facial movements and voice will happen in real-time, along with your friends, and you can watch the CES 2011 demo of Avatar Kinect shown by Microsoft’s Steve Ballmer back in January below.

“The work that we did was taking something that was essentially a demo and turning it into a product,” said Eric Lang, a general manager for Microsoft Startup Business Group. “It’s a huge amount of work.”

Thanks, Electronic Theatre.

Sometimes we include links to online retail stores. If you click on one and make a purchase we may receive a small commission. For more information, go here.



Avatar Kinect

  • Avatar Kinect is now available for download

    A post over at Major Nelson’s blog has confirmed that Avatar Kinect is now available for download.

  • Rumour - Avatar Kinect to launch next week in wake of system update

    WinRumors is claiming its usual Microsoft insider sources for a July 27 release for Avatar Kinect. The suite of chat tools uses Kinect to animate users’ avatars. It integrates with existing Live features to form party chats and make and upload videos. Adding fuel to speculation is Major Nelson’s announcement of Tuesday’s mysterious Xbox 360 […]