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Kinect 2 will be able to read lips and sense user mood

Microsoft have sold millions of Kinect units this year, being one of their biggest success stories in recent years. News of the upcoming version has been posted online and it seems to be taking the technology to a whole new level.

According to sources at Eurogamer, a member of the Kinect development team has said that the next version will be able to read lips and to interpret what you are saying, as well as being able to take an ‘estimate of your mood’ by the volume and tone of your voice, and by analysing facial expressions.

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The new features are available due to developments with the technology, based around a higher resolution camera built into the device, as well as more powerful processing power and faster networking hardware which will take the system beyond standard USB.

The unnamed source told Eurogamer “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?”

Kitguru says: Microsoft have not officially commented on this story, so we would assume that the engineer/development team member should really not have been speaking in the first place.

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