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Avatar Kinect Adds Facial Expressions to Your Avatars

Kinect Fun Labs rolls out Avatar Kinect for avatar socials complete with Kinect facial tracked eyebrow raises

Microsoft’s in-house Kinect Fun Labs have been working on their own hacks--and now, thanks to their work, you can make your own virtual talk show with Avatar Kinect. 

Your personalized or scanned avatar can get into groups of seven to have meet-and-greets in 24 virtual stages ranging from a late-night talk show set, to outer space, to a sports tailgate party. To make talking avatars more sociable, the Fun Labs tweaked the Kinect to track facial expressions. So every eyebrow raise, smile, and belly laugh is translated to your avatar.

Avatar Kinect is free for Xbox LIVE Gold subscribers who have Kinect and it’s available to non-Gold-subscribers for 45 days and 250 Microsoft Points. Kinect Sparkler, a piece of software that let's Kinect users do light painting on 3D images will come later this week.

[Microsoft News Center via Joystiq

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