Kinect’s sensors are active as long as the Xbox itself is switched on. Waving at, or speaking to the device act as inputs. The tinfoil-hat brigade are busy wringing their hands wondering if the internet-connected, camera-based system allows â€œTHE MANâ€ to spy on people at will.
Microsoft’s Phil Spencer says that’s not the case. Of course, the particularly paranoid won’t believe him anyway.
In response to questions about those who’d feel ill at ease allowing such potentially voyeuristic equipment in their homes, Spencer replied:
"Well, do you have the controls to not make it always connected to the Internet? Yes. Is the thing always looking at you? No." "You’ll see when you use it that you actually stand up and wave to activate the camera. Then the camera will see you, and that has nothing to do with the RGB camera. That’s just the infrared picking us up. So it’s pretty specific when it’s looking into the room, if you want to call it that, and when it’s not."
Big Brother is apparently not watching.
Source : Gamespot
Last Updated: October 26, 2010