Kinect Will Read Sign Language, Paving Way For New Input Methods

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It's not just your clumsy leg-kicks that Kinect will understand, with a newly-discovered patent showing that it's actually capable of understanding American Sign Language, or ASL. Is this another way to input text to the game? UPDATED.

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It could be, if you actually know ASL—it's estimated that anywhere up to 2 million people in the US know sign language. At the very least, leaning how to sign could help save you from forking out for a keyboard peripheral. Update: Microsoft has confirmed that the version of Kinect going on sale in November will NOT have the ability to read sign language due to a downgrade in camera hardware. [GoRumors via SlashGear]

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I seriously hope they make some sort of pigeon game on Kinect, or like a small mini-game where you sit and attract pigeons, I dunno why, but it would be interesting.

Am I the only one that finds Kinect a copy of EyeToy though?