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Nat Geo experiments with Kinect-powered interactivity

National Geographic is experimenting with an innovative new format of programming – initially online-only – which blends its expertise in documentaries with the gesture control capabilities of the Xbox’s Kinect peripheral to enable audiences to directly participate in what they are watching.

Gaming website CVG UK reports that one of the first programmes to emerge from this project is a documentary aimed at younger viewers called ‘Expedition Wild with Casey Anderson’, which poses multiple choice questions to the viewer, who can then answer using basic Kinect gestures.

The programme was developed in collaboration with UK games studio Relentless, and company director Andrew Eades is reported as saying that up to six people can take part simultaneously in the programme, and that he envisions the format working equally well for more mature audiences.

The gesture control capabilities of the Xbox 360 games console appear to be gaining more and more interest from the TV world: Australian pay-TV company Foxtel recently enabled its subscribers to control the ‘Foxtel on Xbox’ experience using gestures, and Microsoft appears equally excited about the possibility of placing interactive adverts on Xbox LIVE.

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