Avatar Kinect launches worldwide today in Kinect Fun Labs. Avatar Kinect reads your facial expressions and voice, and allows you to "puppeteer" your Live avatar, making your virtual representation talk, smile, frown and/or plot the murder of other avatars.
You can invite up to seven friends to join you in 24 "virtual stages" including the Talk Show Stage, the Performance Stage, and the Sports Party Stage, then post videos online for your family, friends or fans to "enjoy" on facebook, Twitter, YouTube, and more. According to Microsoft, the Kinect sensor will record your session with a "producer’s editorial eye, following your performance, zooming and panning, just like a real TV production."
Avatar Kinect is available for free to all Xbox Live Gold members, but to celebrate its release, Avatar Kinect has been unlocked for all Xbox LIVE members (Free or Gold) to try out from July 25 – September 8. Starting Thursday, the Xbox Facebook page is also hosting a special Avatar Kinect contest, featuring an online comedy festival with some well-known stand-up comedians. Watch the comedians perform through Avatar Kinect and vote for your favorite video for a chance to win an Xbox 360 and Kinect bundle.
So who wants to watch my virtual talk show?