The Consumer Electronics Show (CES) 2011 has been a hot bed for companies showcasing their latest technological innovations this month.
Alongside Toshiba’s demonstrations of their impressive 60” 3D Televisions (that don’t require 3D glasses), a plethora of ‘Tablet’ devices to compete with Apple’s iPad and intelligent fridges, Microsoft have been showing off Avatar Kinect.
Keen to keep the momentum going after announcing world wide sales figures of 8 million Kinect Units, Microsoft released details of their new, interactive XboxLIVE feature.
Avatar Kinect will put your avatar along with friends into one of 15 available environments. The Kinect sensor will not only track your body movements, but also mimic facial expressions (unless you’ve donned the BioShock Big Daddy helmet perhaps?).
In the trailer shown during the press conference, it appeared that up to eight users will be able to interact (in line with the current XboxLIVE Party Chat).
Its not clear if more than one user can be tracked via a single Kinect Sensor and one would presume that if it could, each user would need Gold membership to participate.
Perhaps one of the most exciting features is the ability to record and share your avatar conference on line via Facebook. A very exciting prospect for the Midlife Gamer. We could see an explosion of new content. Community round table discussions, comedy sketches and interviews with Matt & Daren perhaps?
Expect to see some gloriously staged avatar shenanigans from all corners of the globe when this hits the Dashboard.
Avatar Kinect will be free for XboxLIVE Gold subscribers and is expected to be release during Spring 2011.