It was revealed that Microsoft is currently developing a next-generation Kinect sensor that is so powerfully accurate, it can read the user’s lips. According to a report by Eurogamer, a “development source” has told them that along with the Kinect’s lip reading capabilities, it will also have the capability to detect subtle changes in a user’s voice and facial features to recognize how mad or happy they are.
Apparently, the lack of Kinect’s accuracy to to these things has something to do with the bottleneck created by the USB-powered controller than its sensor. The second-generation Kinect will be able to get through this problem by being coming with a future console that will eliminate USB connection.
“It can be cabled straight through on any number of technologies that just take phenomenally high res data straight to the main processor and straight to the main RAM and ask, what do you want to do with it?” said the source.
This report somehow confirms that Microsoft Corp. will release a next-generation gaming console, the Xbox 720, next year.
Rumors claim that the company will release two versions of the Xbox 720, a cheaper one aimed for entry-level gamers and a more expensive model aimed for hardcore gamers.
The upgraded Kinect system and the new Xbox models is expected to be formally unveiled at CES early next year or in the Electronic Entertainment Expo (E3) in June.