Sunday, September 7, 2014
Kinect Could Charge Per Person When Playing A Movie, New Patent Makes Known

Kinect Could Charge Per Person When Playing A Movie, New Patent Makes Known

A new patent filed by Microsoft makes known the unthinkable: Kinect can actually scan a room to detect how many people are watching a movie (or playing games), and charge the account holder for the extra viewers, indicating that content you purchase someday might be limited to a certain amount of people to consume. “The users consuming the content on a display device are monitored so that if the number of user-views licensed is exceeded, remedial action may be taken,” reads the patent’s description, spotted by Extreme Tech.   MS-KinectPatent   More on the description:

[0042] At 412, a license validation is performed by comparing the user count and any view or performance limitation against that allowed by the license. If the license is satisfied, the content presentation begins at 420. If not, then at 414, the user is presented with an option to adjust the license terms. If the license is updated at 416, then the content presentation begins at 420. If not, the presentation is halted at 418.

But just because something has been patented, that doesn’t mean it’ll ever come to fruition in the real world. But with Microsoft now honed in on TV, and with Xbox One’s Kinect being so precise, this seems rather ominous.

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  • Wolf1888

    Let’s cross our fingers this does not happen.

    Mmh.. Come to think of it.. I’m not getting an Xbox One, so.. Whatever.
    But if they start doing it, what I fear is that some other people might start doing too. We saw that happen with Online Passes.

  • ernicegilbert

    Bro I’m hoping Microsoft rethinks its strategy. I will not connect Xbox One to my TV or to play games because it’s constantly on, constantly watching me. Can’t deal with that.

  • rpatricky

    Big brother is watching….he knows when you are watching porn. Haha.

  • ernicegilbert

    Ha! For some yes. But I’m not the only one who thinks something being always on with eyes, looking at my every move is creepy. *shivers*

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  • Josh Fisher

    The only thing positive I can think this could be used for is if MS has deals with studios to bring movies to the xbox one before they come out on Blu-Ray or other methods. Would you mind paying $10 a person to watch a movie two weeks after it’s theater release? Probably will never happen, just a theory.