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After it launched earlier today, we couldn't help but take Avatar Kinect for a spin. Using two clips recorded within Avatar Kinect and a little movie editing magic (on a Mac, somewhat ironically), we managed to create a simple talk show explaining the ins and outs of the app. Check out ou...

July 25th 2011 at 6:40pm 0 Comments
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WinRumors is reporting that Avatar Kinect will be released on July 27. According to the site, "company insiders familiar with Microsoft's plans" have revealed that the Avatar-filled, Kinect-enabled virtual chat room will become part of Kinect Fun Labs next Wednesday. The rumor jives with informa...

July 18th 2011 at 6:15pm 0 Comments
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One of the conspicuous absences from the Microsoft press briefing was Avatar Kinect, especially considering how hard the company hit the odd pseudo talk show service during its CES briefing in January. Tonight we managed to learn what's up with the feature (because we know how anxious you've been...

June 8th 2011 at 2:00am 0 Comments
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Even before that new app smell has worn off from Hulu Plus, Microsoft will launch its annual spring update for the Xbox 360 Dashboard. Images sent to Joystiq by a Microsoft tech support employee reveal that the next Dashboard update will begin rolling out on May 19. According to the documents, t...

May 9th 2011 at 4:53pm 0 Comments
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Sure, Hulu Plus may not be part of the public beta preview of this spring's Xbox 360 Dashboard update -- at least that's what Microsoft's saying -- but that doesn't mean we can't see what it may look like when it does launch, as scheduled, sometime in the next few months. Images sent to us by a t...

April 14th 2011 at 3:20pm 0 Comments
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Microsoft's chief research and strategy officer Craig Mundie wants to show you the haunting bridge his team has built over the uncanny valley. Employing Kinect hardware and custom PC software, the research team at Microsoft has created an unnervingly realistic new avatar that can handle text-to-s...

February 25th 2011 at 4:00am 0 Comments
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We've seen how the face-mapping works in Avatar Kinect, but we haven't seen how the, uh, everything else works -- until now. Win Rumors posted a Microsoft-guided video tour of the upcoming Dashboard app, which you can see for yourself just past the break.

February 22nd 2011 at 7:30pm 0 Comments
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Glimpse Dog received what it purports to be a snapshot of a leaked slide from Microsoft's CES keynote (seen above) showing off something called "Avatar Kinect." This by itself isn't all that exciting, but Winrumors believes that Avatar Kinect will be part of a forthcoming software update -- one tha...

January 4th 2011 at 11:30am 0 Comments