You know those silly warning signs that flash when you watch TV or DVDs? The ones saying it’s for private use only, which puts limitations on how many people can view such videos and where they can be shown. Well, it appears that Microsoft is going to make production houses happy while making viewers less than pleased.
So, we know that the Kinect can perceive the people in the room. This can be used with the Xbox One to monitor, count and identify the people watching TV or other content. According to this source,
In one scenario, the system would then charge for the television show or movie based on the number of viewers in the room. Or, if the number of viewers exceeds the limits laid out by a particular content license, the system would halt playback unless additional viewing rights were purchased.
Additionally, Microsoft patented technology to estimate a person’s age based on their body proportions – this could be used to also determine if viewers met any age requirements for engaging with content through the Xbox One. I wonder if this will also be used to ensure that children meet the age rating of games.
Everything about the Xbox One is reminiscent of dystopia books I know and love. I’m not saying everything about Microsoft or the Xbox One is creepy, or even sinister. However, it always starts with a benign approach before more disturbing applications are employed. All I know is that the more I find out, the more my hair stands on edge!
Last Updated: May 29, 2013