A Peek Behind Avatar Kinect's Wireframe Curtain: How Xbox Turns You…

Avatar Kinect, your not-quite-creepy smirking, winking virtual self, is launching today in Kinect Fun Labs. It tracks your eyebrows, mouth, and other points on your face to translate your real-world expressions into their polygonal equivalent. This is how it works. » 7/25/11 12:00pm 7/25/11 12:00pm

This Is Why Xbox Live Avatars Are Cartoon-y, Not Creepy

Xbox's Avatar Kinect is pretty wild: It tracks and replicates your facial expressions with surprising precision. Which probably made you think about having a more realistic Avatar reppin' yourself owning up 12-year-olds in Halo, or something. But Microsoft Research's Photo-Real Talking Head project, which uses 2D… » 2/25/11 2:00am 2/25/11 2:00am

Avatar Kinect: Now Your Avatar Smiles, Smirks and Talks When You Do

Your Xbox Live avatar leads a lonely existence. Or did, anyway, before Avatar Kinect came along. Now, Kinect recognizes your face: When you smile, when you raise your eyebrows, when you talk—and your Avatar uncannily does the same. » 1/05/11 10:04pm 1/05/11 10:04pm