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This article was published on July 26, 2011

Avatar Kinect for Xbox available now in Kinect Fun Labs

Avatar Kinect for Xbox available now in Kinect Fun Labs
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Joel Falconer is the Features Editor at TNW. He lives on the Gold Coast, Australia with his wife and three kids and can sometimes be found g Joel Falconer is the Features Editor at TNW. He lives on the Gold Coast, Australia with his wife and three kids and can sometimes be found gaming or consulting. Follow Joel on Twitter.

Only slightly earlier than our previous predictions, Xbox’s Avatar Kinect has finally dropped and is available through Kinect Fun Labs.

In the future, Avatar Kinect will require users to have an Xbox Live Gold plan, but there’s a free trial period for all users until September 8th.

Microsoft previewed Avatar Kinect at CES in January. It creates a virtual hangout or meeting space where you’re represented by your Xbox avatar, which mirrors with surprising accuracy your body’s movements and even facial expressions.

One of the obvious advantages of this form of conferencing is bandwidth. Where video conferencing requires a great deal of video data to be moved back and forth in real-time, the use of avatars cuts that down, making audio the biggest strain.