It is now possible to conduct a cool video chat using the Xbox 360’s Video Kinect system and Microsoft Messenger.
Dick Eastman, a tech-savvy professional genealogist, writes in his latest newsletter:
“Inside the Kinect is a 640-by-480-pixel video camera, four microphones, and several infrared sensors. Notice the words ‘video camera.’ This thing will work as a high-quality webcam. Keep in mind that it does not require a Windows or Macintosh computer. Instead, the Xbox 360 connects to standard television sets, even that new 53-inch plasma set that may be in your living room. The Xbox 360 also connects to the Internet, either through a wired connection or a wireless wi-fi connection. All you need is a bit of software. Of course, Microsoft supplies the needed software as well. In fact, the required software is included at no additional charge.”
See the demonstration video here: