Microsoft can’t stop grinning from ear to ear since Kinect is apparently a raging success in the West. While we did think the tech was cool, it was also kind of not very practical.

You can now interact with your avatar

So anyway Microsoft are obviously elated with the success of the Kinect and so at CES 2011, Microsoft’s CEO, Steve Balmer unveiled a new brand feature called Avatar Kinect. As the name suggests, Avatar Kinect will allow you to control your Xbox Live Avatar using Kinect. You’ll be able to interact with friends, make various facial gestures and even host your own chat show, if that’s your kind of thing. Think of it as MS' version of Home.

Avatar Kinect will be free for Xbox Live Gold subscribers and will hit XBL sometime in the coming months.

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