Sky Glass camera resurrects Microsoft’s Xbox Kinect

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Microsoft and Sky partner to make Sky Glass

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Sky today announced the Sky Glass Camera – a new Kinect-like device that brings motion control and fitness monitoring to your TV.

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Partnering with Microsoft, it looks like Sky is determined to revive the Xbox Kinect’s motion controls with this new device — set to launch sometime next year.

Announced with a new line of Sky Glass TVs (with built-in cameras and motion control capability), the Sky Glass camera is just the beginning.

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The 4K Sky Glass camera includes motion control and gesture support, works in Games and TV apps, and uses a new social TV sharing feature and a built-in partnership with Microsoft.

“Working with Microsoft, we’re also building a great feature that lets us watch TV together even when we’re miles away,” explained Sky Chief Product Officer Fraser Sterling. “It syncs your TV with other homes with integrated video and on-screen chat, and you can choose from content from the biggest channels – including Premier League matches, movies and all your favorite entertainment.”

If this sounds familiar, that’s because Microsoft previously planned this social sharing feature with its 2013 Xbox Kinect. The Xbox One included an HDMI-in port – intended to give access to TV satellite providers such as Sky and cable TV boxes. But ultimately, the Kinect experiment of Xbox failed, Microsoft withdrew its plans and shelved them until now.

But it’s not just TV streaming that can be shared – Sky Glass will also enable social gaming. Games will be available on Sky Glass TV, including fruit Ninja and yet to be revealed paw Patrol Play.

“Choose your opponent at home or in another house and play through your body movement or gesture control,” Sterling said. “Family games will never be the same again.”

As well as motion and gesture controls, the Sky Glass includes voice activation. Like Alexa or other home assistants, just say “Hello, Sky” to activate its voice commands.

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