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Avatar Kinect detects facial expressions

CES 2011: Kinect for Xbox 360 gets an upgrade

Avatar Kinect

Kinect can now read your facial expressions.

During its keynote presentation at CES 2011, Microsoft announced a new addition to its Kinect for Xbox 360 device: Avatar Kinect.

Avatar Kinect adds basic facial expression recognition to the avatars of each Xbox Live user. 

The camera can now detect a range of emotions and movements; eyebrow and mouth movement are synchronised, and it can also detect when you smile and laugh.

Microsoft plans to use the new abilities in interactive chatrooms, and will also make use of it in future Kinect gaming titles. 

Avatar Kinect will be exclusive to Xbox Live Gold subscribers, though the feature itself will be free to those subscribers.

Sales Success

Microsoft also announced it has surpassed sales expectations for Kinect, selling over eight million Kinects in the 60 days since its launch. Steve Ballmer, head of Microsoft, also added that it had now sold over 50 million Xbox 360s worldwide.

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