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Kinect 'will be educational'19 October 2011 15:13:10

Xbox Kinect could soon be used as an educational tool.

Microsoft has announced its plans for its playful learning scheme which will see many of the most popular children's television shows become interactive.

The software giant will develop episodes of Sesame Street and others from Nat Geo Wild to entice children up from their sofas and to learn from their favourite characters.

"With the controller-free magic of Kinect, we can encourage kids to use their motor skills and to learn using their body in immersive experiences," said Alex Games, Microsoft's curriculum and learning sciences expert and educational design director.

A venture currently called Project Colombia hopes to utilise Kinect's technology to change the way children read and allow them to become fully immersed in the story.

Xbox Kinect was launched on November 10th 2010 and incorporates a motion capture sensor that allows gamers to control the console games by physical gestures and voice commands. ADNFCR-2752-ID-800763481-ADNFCR

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