Kinect 2 rumours suggest gadget can read lips and emotions


By John Glenday, Reporter

November 29, 2011 | 1 min read

Microsoft’s hotly anticipated update of its ground breaking motion detection software, Kinect, is rumoured to be able to read lips and human emotion.

An anonymous source from within the software firm suggested that the souped-up device will be the killer app of the next generation Xbox.

Improved voice recognition software and motion sensors will enable it to achieve these feats by determining direction, facial expressions and the tone of commands.

This will be powered by a replacement for the existing Kinect’s outdated USB interface, allowing far more data to be transferred from a higher resolution sensor.

Microsoft is thought to be developing twin successors to its popular Xbox 360 console, a budget device aimed at casual gamers and a high end model aimed at hard core players.


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