Microsoft may award achievements for watching TV and ads by monitoring you with Kinect


A patent application filed in 2011 has revealed that Microsoft may plan on bringing achievements to TV watching — including use of its Kinect camera system to monitor the behavior of TV viewers. As a an application, the patent doesn’t provide any definitive evidence that Microsoft plans to bring TV achievements or viewer monitoring to the Xbox 360 or the Xbox One, but it’s an example of where the company’s thinking could be headed as it expands its focus on the living room television experience.

Microsoft has already used Kinect to let viewers interact with ads; the company unveiled its NUads program more than a year ago, which is designed to use the sensor to let users share ads on social networks or control other aspects of…

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