Kinect app lets you create 3D body avatars

Microsoft Research project shows interface that uses player's body as model

Check out the latest video from Microsoft Research, which should make creating avatars more fun than picking from a menu of different head shapes, sizes and hair colors.

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The video showcases BodyAvatar, a "natural interface that lets players create imaginary 3-D avatars of any shape, using their bodies as the only input in front of a Kinect camera," Microsoft says. In the video, we see a user create an alien and a dragon by starting with a scan of their own body.

If this does get integrated into a new Xbox system (or the current one), I have a feeling we'd see more blobby-looking avatars hanging around. Still, this is very cool.

Keith Shaw rounds up the best in geek video in his ITworld.tv blog. Follow Keith on Twitter at @shawkeith. For the latest IT news, analysis and how-tos, follow ITworld on Twitter, Facebook, and Google+.

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