Microsoft Patent Reveals Kinect Technology

The technology used in Mocrosoft's Kinect motion-sensing Xbox 360 gaming peripheral has been revealed by a patent application filed with the US Patent and Trademark Office.

Tech news site Gizmodo reports that Kinect uses technology which allows for user body tracking with depth mapping, voice controls and an industry standard video camera.

The patent application reveals that Kinect uses PrimeSense software, capable of detecting a user's body movements by monitoring certain points on a person's body and comparing them to a skeletal model.

The software forms the base of the peripheral as it projects a skeletal avatar of the user which identifies the exact points of movements made by the player and the model.

The skeletal model can also be used to interpret all fluid body movements made by the user while playing a game.

Kinect will be launching sometime before the holiday season begins and will come with a price tag of £129.99.