Kinect app lets you create 3D body avatars

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

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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.

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.

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