The Kinect is getting a form of reincarnation with the new Sky Glass Camera, a device that detects motion controls to work on the new series of Sky TVs in the UK.
Does all of this sound familiar? That's because it looks and sounds eerily close to the Xbox Kinect. In fact, Sky is even partnering with Microsoft to bring some social functions to the device (thanks, The Verge). Users will be able to have a good old social time as you can sync your Sky Glass TV to watch media with others and chat along.
Just to be clear, this camera isn't the Kinect itself, but rather something that embodies some of its features. According to Sky's chief product officer Fraster Stirling, the partnership with Microsoft has created a "fantastic feature".
"Working with Microsoft we’re also building a fantastic feature that lets us watch TV together even if we’re miles apart. It syncs your TV with other households, with integrated video and chat on-screen, and you can choose content from the biggest channels — including Premier League matches, movies, and all your favorite entertainment."
All of this is something the Kinect originally tried to achieve, with Microsoft even going as far as to bundle the camera with every single launch Xbox One. Unfortunately, despite its best efforts, the Kinect never truly took off - despite some pretty incredible tech behind it.
There are even a few games you'll be able to play with the Sky Glass Camera such as the iconic Fruit Ninja. Sterling claims "family games are never going to be the same again”.
The Xbox Kinect has even been spotted being used in grocery warehouses, where it's made to assist AI-controlled robots in packing people's shopping. It's nice to see the technology still being used in practice, even if it never took the gaming world by storm.
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