Suppose a government wanted to monitor it’s citizens — for their own good, of course — at home. Suppose MS was required to put in a backdoor into its new Xbox’s software to allow access to the Kinect at all times to allow watching what’s happening and being said… Naw. That’s crazy, paranoid, 1984 talk.
Microsoft plans to release a next-generation Kinect device so accurate it can lip read, sources have told Eurogamer. Kinect 2 will come bundled with future Xbox consoles, we understand.
The intention is that Kinect 2 will offer improved motion sensing and voice recognition. One development source told Eurogamer that Kinect 2 will be so powerful it will enable games to lip read, detect when players are angry, and determine in which direction they are facing. Kinect 2 can track the pitch and volume of player voices and facial characteristics to measure different emotional states.