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Xbox 360: Microsoft Launches Avatar Kinect and Kinect Sparkler

Kinect Fun Labs, which allows the user to discover and play with the newest advances in Kinect technology, is launching two new experiences for Xbox 360: Avatar Kinect and Kinect Sparkler.

Avatar Kinect lets you create your personalised avatar and interact with or hang out with up to seven other friends. It has 24 virtual stages ranging from a late-night talk show set to outer space to a sports tailgate party.

The experience gets more real thanks to Kinect’s camera, which tracks gestures and facial expressions such as eyebrow raises, smiles and belly laughs.

Kinect Sparkler, on the other hand, 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 of both gadgets, Avatar Kinect and Sparkler, will be able to share creations with the Fun Labs Live friends feed. From KinectShare, they can share their creations on Facebook or download them to their computers or email them to friends.

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Users can find other innovative Gadgets such as “Kinect Me” and “Bobble Head”, which uses Kinect’s people-scanning tech to turn players into an amazingly realistic avatar or talking bobble head.

“Avatar Kinect and Sparkler are fun, creative experiences that allow consumers to get a sneak preview of cutting-edge Kinect technologies today instead of waiting until it’s in full-blown games,” says Eric Lang, general manager for the Microsoft Startup Business Group.

Other Gadgets use innovations in object scanning, background removal and finger tracking to let you scan in almost anything in 3D and give it a personality, or even turn your living room into a 3D canvas of light and imagination.

“Some of this technology may be realized in games farther in the future, but we worked on these Fun Labs projects to offer a compelling, fun and cool experience that we could deliver today, using the power of Kinect,” says Umaimah Mendhro, a senior product manager for Microsoft Startup Business Group.

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