Kinect Fun Labs lets you discover and play with the newest advances in Kinect technology. These innovative applications (called gadgets) showcase new advancements in the controller-free device’s technology. Kinect Fun Labs was launched at the E3 conference earlier this year, and has a growing catalog of controller-free experiences. This week, Kinect Fun Labs is launching two new experiences: Avatar Kinect and Kinect Sparkler.
Kinect Fun Labs plans to release new gadgets on a regular basis. The gadgets are meant to showcase innovations in Kinect technology in an approachable way. These fun, creative experiences allow consumers to get a sneak preview of interesting capabilities of Kinect today instead of waiting until it’s in full-blown games.
Avatar Kinect is available today and lets you interact with your friends via your personalized avatar. You can 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. Kinect’s camera tracks gestures and facial expressions eyebrow raises, smiles, belly laughs and all.
Avatar Kinect makes cyber socializing more real. Apart from random conversations with friends, you can host virtual events or create your own animated shows. Avatar Kinect is free for Xbox LIVE Gold subscribers who have Kinect. It is also available to non-Gold subscribers for 45 days to try.
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 will cost 240 points on Xbox LIVE.
Users can share creations from both Avatar Kinect and Sparkler with the wave of a hand on the Kinect Fun Labs Live friends feed or uploading to KinectShare.com. KinectShare allows users to share their creations on Facebook or via email. It also allows users to download their creations to their computers.