Last week The Blogging Angels went on their first top-secret mission. The location: The NYC Microsoft offices. The Background: To learn all about the new Avatar Kinect and demo the technology. The Mission: To create our own Avatar Kinect project and show it off to the world today – July 25th, official launch day.
I have owned an XBox and Kinect since the Kinect debuted late last year. My daughters love it and though our downstairs neighbors might not be so enthralled with the fact that they ARE the controller – jumping, running, stomping – I think it’s amazing. The Kinect is truly one of those technologies that makes you feel like the future is now. It’s every science fiction film turned into reality. And that is even more true with the Avatar Kinect.
We decided to film an intro to our podcast using Avatar Kinect. The four of us, each in our own homes in and around NYC, created avatars – styled, dressed and primped them. Though I had to change out of my original fab outfit when Amy and I showed up on our virtual talk show set wearing the same red dress. A virtual fashion horror!
We had to rehearse our timing to land in the talk show set in order. It took a few rounds of practice to get our schtick together. We are used to talking over one another – that’s part of our charm – and the Avatar Kinect is like an etiquette teacher, it doesn’t like that. But, luckily for us, it is all for girls that raise their eyebrows and talk with their hands as much as their mouths. We had a ball trying out the various sets – I think gabbing in space was our fave. I can only imagine where this is going to lead. The potential for creating an avatar and having these pseudo face to face discussions is endless. It really is a new horizon.
Check out our new podcast intro and let me know what you think!