Kinect 2 capable of reading lips gauging moods

first_imgThe Kinect motion controller for the Xbox 360 has been a huge success for Microsoft, probably above and beyond what the company ever expected the peripheral to achieve in the short amount of time it has been available. Removing the need to hold a controller clearly does work for consumers and gamers alike.Even though we don’t know when Microsoft plans to replace the Xbox 360, there is one aspect of the new console we can be sure about: Kinect will feature and most likely come as standard, integrated into the machine.Eurogamer has been informed that not only is that the case, but Kinect 2 is far superior in terms of the accuracy it can achieve. The tracking it performs will be so accurate, that it will be able to read your facial expressions and even go so far as to lip read.It may sound like a giant leap forward with the technology, but the main difference looks like it could be the rate of data transfer the new console can handle from the controller. Kinect on the 360 is limited to just 16MB/s transferred across a USB connection. That in turn limited the device to 30fps and a resolution of 320 x 240.Switching over to a different, faster connection in the Xbox 720 means the frame rate can be bumped up to 60fps, and the resolution doubled or tripled. That allows for more accurate movement capture and more detail to be picked up such as the movement of a mouth. Add in facial expression tracking, and Kinect 2 will most likely be able to tell when you are angry, sad, scared,  or happy.We still have a while to wait before we get to see the next Xbox and Kinect 2. The latest predictions peg a launch as late 2012, or early 2013, with a console reveal during E3 next year.Read more at Eurogamer.netlast_img

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