Avatar Kinect for Interactive Experiences Released, Kinect Sparkler Coming Later This Week

Kinect Fun Labs, a hub for innovative Kinect Gadgets on the Xbox 360, is launching two new experiences this week: Avatar Kinect and Kinect Sparkler, announced Microsoft."Avatar Kinect, available today, lets you - or rather your personalized avatar - interact with or hang out with up to seven other friends in 24 virtual stages ranging […]

Kinect Fun Labs, a hub for innovative Kinect Gadgets on the Xbox 360, is launching two new experiences this week: Avatar Kinect and Kinect Sparkler, announced Microsoft.

"Avatar Kinect, available today, lets you - or rather your personalized avatar - interact with or hang out with up to seven other friends in 24 virtual stages ranging from a late-night talk show set to outer space to a sports tailgate party. To make the cyber socializing more real, Kinect's camera tracks gestures and facial expressions - eyebrow raises, smiles, belly laughs and all," informs the Redmond company.

"Kinect Sparkler, available later this week, lets players use their fingers to draw sparkling lines that whirl glowing, gold stars in front of, behind, and around 3-D photographs of themselves."

Kinect Sparkler
Kinect Sparkler lets players use their fingers to draw sparkling lines that whirl glowing, gold stars in front of, behind, and around 3-D photographs of themselves.

"Users can share creations from both Avatar Kinect and Sparkler with the wave of a hand on the Fun Labs Live friends feed or uploading to KinectShare.com. From KinectShare, users can share their creations on Facebook or download them to their computers, email them to friends, and more."

"To celebrate the launch of Avatar Kinect, Microsoft invited a handful of up-and-coming comedians to record stand-up routines - but to perform them as avatars, using some of the virtual stages in Avatar Kinect. The videos will go on the Facebook Xbox fan page, where fans will get to vote for their favorite, and the winning comedian will get his or her routine highlighted by Xbox," the software company stated.

  Avatar Kinect
Avatar Kinect lets your personalized avatar interact with with up to seven other friends in 24 virtual stages ranging from a late-night talk show set to a sports tailgate party.

Kinect Fun Labs plans to release new applications (called gadgets) on a regular basis. Avatar Kinect is free for Xbox LIVE Gold subscribers who have Kinect, although it will be available to non-Gold-subscribers for 45 days so everyone can try it, says Umaimah Mendhro, a senior product manager for Microsoft Startup Business Group.

Kinect Sparkler will cost 240 points on Xbox LIVE.


In Kinect Fun Labs' Avatar Kinect Stand-Up Comedy Fest on Facebook, users will view a handful of comics and their avatars and vote for their favorite.

The Tech Behind Avatar Kinect"

[Source: Microsoft Press]