Milo – Microsoft Xbox unveil virtual human

Microsoft has shown off its "virtual human" that
reacts to a person’s emotions, body movements and voice.Milo, as he is known, is designed for use with the firm’s
hands-free Xbox 360 motion controller called Kinect.

The technology is the brainchild of veteran UK games designer
Peter Molyneux."I want to introduce a new revolution in storytelling," he
told the TED (Technology, Entertainment and Design) Global conference in
Oxford.

"Films, TV, even hallowed books, are just rubbish because
they don’t involve me," he said. "It’s a sea of blandness." Mr Molyneux said that he wanted to create a character "that
seemed alive, that would look me in the eyes, and feel real".

Hidden technology

Milo was
first shown off in a demo at the E3 expo in 2009, but has not been seen
since."There was a huge row online about that with people saying
‘this can’t be real’," Mr Molyneux said.The live demonstration used Microsoft’s soon-to-be released
Kinect controller, which uses a series of sensors, cameras and microphones to interpret a player’s intentions.

 

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