Sky is reviving the original dream of Microsoft’s Kinect accessory next year. The British Broadcasting and Satellite Communications Company announced its new Sky Glass televisions.
And the company built a separate 4K camera that includes motion controls and gesture support. It’s even a cross-game addon, and has a built-in social TV sharing feature in partnership with Microsoft.
Sky’s chief product officer explains: We’re building a feature that lets us watch TV together even if we’re miles away By working with Microsoft.
He added: The feature syncs your TV with other families, with built-in video and on-screen chat, and you can choose content from the biggest channels, including Premier League matches, movies and all your favorite entertainment.
The social TV feature is what the software giant tried and failed with its Kinect extension in 2013.
The Xbox One platform was launched with Kinect, and the platform included an HDMI-in port for access to satellite channel providers such as Sky.
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Sky revives Microsoft’s living room dream
The US company had some big plans for Xbox TV, and even experimented with social features that allow Xbox owners to watch TV together. But the Kinect package failed and the company backed away from all of its bold TV plans.
Created in partnership with Microsoft, Sky’s Watch Together feature allows people to instantly see each other’s reactions.
You can also pause, skip, and rewind while watching together. And this camera becomes interesting because of the motion controls and gesture support for games.
Games are available on Sky Glass TVs that specifically support this new camera, including Fruit Ninja. The camera enables multiplayer games as well.
Sky’s chief product officer said: “Choose your opponent, whether at home or in another home, and play with your body movement or gesture control. Family games will never be the same again.
Sky is also investing heavily in voice controls for its Sky Glass TVs. The phrase “Hello Sky” activates Sky’s voice commands, similar to a digital assistant. And you’ll be able to use it to switch the HDMI ports by saying “Sky Xbox” to switch to the Xbox console if you have it.
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