Microsoft: Kinect on Xbox One can listen to two people at once

The new Kinect hardware that will be bundled with every Xbox One console lets people start the hardware up just by saying, "Xbox On". This weekend, the company indicated that the Kinect add-on can actually listen and understand what two different people are saying at the same time.

In a session during the Eurogamer Expo this weekend, Polygon reports that, according to Microsoft Xbox technology developer Nick Burton, the sensor can also see if a human's mouth is moving in a dark room. The Kinect hardware can map faces up to to 1,400 points and detect the movements of 25 joints between six different people in a room.

The ability for the hardware to figure out two voices at once could certainly be used in games, especially in co-op titles where two players need to work together. It could also be used for non-gaming apps such as the Skype feature and while watching live TV on the console.

The processor inside Kinect 2.0 was actually designed by Microsoft itself in-house, and, as we found out at E3 2013, the new sensor can measure a person's heart beat. The new Kinect will launch with all Xbox One consoles on November 22nd in 13 markets, and 10 of them will include some voice command features.

Source: Polygon | Image via Microsoft

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Shaun said,
OFC it can, the NSA needs as much info from our living rooms as possible, I'm surprised its not more tbh
Beat me to it. Ha!

My 360 w/ Kinect has the bad habit of listening to what the TV is saying, so if I'm watching a movie on Netflix suddenly it will fastfoward itself or even quit playing because it misunderstood the movie's dialog as a command. Even with training. Does it listen to me when I want to be lazy? Of course not. ;-)
It sounds like the 2.0 may overcome this issue...

Having read several of Orwell's works I can reassure you that he was not a fan of McCarthy or the US anticommunist obsession..
"Animal farm" was eventually the book that focused on the degeneration of the communist ideals in the early Soviet Union, following the Russian revolution and culminating with the raise of what is commonly called as Stalinism; 1984, as well as Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury, were instead focused about the risk of a futuristic totalitarian society intended in much broader terms.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/George_Orwell

DrIndianaJones said,
Beat me to it. Ha!

My 360 w/ Kinect has the bad habit of listening to what the TV is saying, so if I'm watching a movie on Netflix suddenly it will fastfoward itself or even quit playing because it misunderstood the movie's dialog as a command. Even with training. Does it listen to me when I want to be lazy? Of course not. ;-)
It sounds like the 2.0 may overcome this issue...

Strange, I have absolutely never had that problem.

shimmyshakes said,
You guys are getting quite boring now with your NSA reference every time someone posts about the kinect.

I was thinking the same thing. Someone needs some new material.

Spicoli said,
That doesn't changed the fact it was used as propaganda. Otherwise he probably would have been forgotten. It's over the top and heavy handed to the point of silliness.

"The birth of a nation", "The triumph of the will" and "Captain America" were widely used as a propaganda tool as well. As for "otherwise being forgotten".... Well, we are entitled to our opinion...

uxo22 said,

Strange, I have absolutely never had that problem.

My friend has it happen all the time. Maybe it has to do with the owner's voice and how similar it is to people on TV, or the volume, or... something. I don't know, I don't leave my Kinect hooked up nor ever watch Netflix, so I can't say for myself, but I did witness it at her place a couple of times.

Yeah, I was talking to my son about it and he said sometimes when he plays NCAA football on his xbox, it happens to him.

That's interesting, my TV is loud, but I never had it happen before...lol it's probably happen tonight since I mentioned it.

The tech behind this is insane. The future is here! The multiplayer gaming and collaboration opportunities here are awesome.

Coming soon, Kinect Marriage Counselor, it can hear both people at the same time and come up with a solution to save your relationship.

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