MS patent uses Kinect to price videos based on number of viewers

By Matthew · 18 replies
Nov 5, 2012
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  1. A new Microsoft patent could prove to be an expensive annoyance for folks who enjoy watching videos with large groups. Titled "Content Distribution Regulation by Viewing User," the  April 2011 filing was issued last week and describes the use of...

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  2. gcarter

    gcarter TS Enthusiast Posts: 82   +23

    I can just imagine it... your watching the latest blockbuster, you get to the climax of the movie, and your misses walks in, to ask if you want a beer - all of a sudden the friggin movie pauses and the price instantly doubles!
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  3. ikesmasher

    ikesmasher TS Evangelist Posts: 2,999   +1,318

    Yea if this happens im never buying another xbox related product.
    that, or ill place a dummy in the room with me, and when MS charges me more, ill sue.
  4. Littleczr

    Littleczr TS Addict Posts: 439   +86

    Couldn't you just disconnect the device? I mean really? Talk about greed to the max times a trillion.
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  5. BlueDrake

    BlueDrake TS Evangelist Posts: 378   +112

    Well it's requiring you to have the Kinect to begin with. I'd just simply never use it during movie watching, if they expect that of me I'd just withdraw my interest. Then find other means to watch movies. No point in being charged more based on what they can see, when we can find alternatives to Microsoft's hardware.
  6. Greg S

    Greg S TechSpot Staff Posts: 1,069   +427

    Probably not disconnect, but couldn't you put a picture of yourself in front of it or just cover up the camera?
  7. m4a4

    m4a4 TS Evangelist Posts: 954   +515

    I have seen many MS patents that have annoying functions reported on before and can safely say that none of them has come to light (phew!). So I don't expect this one to either.
    And I am hoping (at the least) prices will be lower for the single individual, normal for 2 people, and not too bad for more people. Still annoying but I'm sure easy to fool...
  8. spydercanopus

    spydercanopus TS Evangelist Posts: 855   +121

    Well that settles it. I'll never have one of these in my living room.
  9. Mikymjr

    Mikymjr TS Booster Posts: 124   +9

    Wait they can spy on us! NOOOOOO =p. But it does seem true to some extent
  10. MrAnderson

    MrAnderson TS Maniac Posts: 488   +10

    This whole article feels like a big troll. lol

    Throw a towel over the Kinect... or better yet, don't buy content that uses corperate spyware.

    MS might not even be thinking of using it now... could be trying to keep others from making them have to implement it.

    Just do not support the content providers regarding milking more money out of home entertainment in this way.

    Also, remeber the statement about the TV will be watching us in the future. So it begins. I only see this being reasonable for consumers for sending personal content DRM... like a girlfriend DRM'ing a personal video to her boyfriend who is fighting in a war etc. This is where this tech could shine.
  11. ReederOnTheRun

    ReederOnTheRun TS Booster Posts: 304   +62

    Don't rock the boat Microsoft, ur already floating around in a hurricane.
  12. Ok guys, slow down that hate train just a smidge.

    Just because MS filed the patent doesn't mean they'll be doing anything with it. It only means that they consider the concept to be valuable and if anyone ever uses the technology then MS will get their dollar. All large corporations engage in this practice -- sometimes it is very lucrative and sometimes it comes to nothing, but they aren't going to risk the possibility of losing out.

    Ideas like this are obviously unpopular and very likely easy to defeat if implemented. I doubt that your next Netflix bill will be based on this patent.
  13. Cota

    Cota TS Enthusiast Posts: 513   +8

    Or cover the camera... my pink underwear will finally have a use!
  14. Ravey

    Ravey TS Rookie Posts: 20

    I can actually see a positive to this. If this system was brought in Only for the latest blockbuster movies so you can stay at home instead of going to the Cinema. Then it would be quite a useful system. The price would have to be cheaper than than going to the cinema though. Home entertainment is becoming more viable now that TV is getting larger and Ultra High Def is just around the corner. More people will be willing to say at home for the right price.
  15. treetops

    treetops TS Evangelist Posts: 2,073   +219

    This patent is for the future when we have devices always viewing us. Say we hold up a one on our fingers to turn the light off. Not to crazy sounding, this patent will be viable likely within the next 20 years.
  16. PLEASE CONNECT YOUR DEVICE TO VERIFY COMPLIANCE displayed in large, friendly letters...

    And it will be deployed earlier than later, so the circumvent-overcome cycle starts asap.
  17. Your working to hard. just use an animated mask for any regular webcam, to fool the kenect camera.
  18. A flat image isn't going to work. The kinect uses a 3D scan of the area to identify people. I'm thinking you could sit a dummy in the corner and set the kinect in front of him. Let the kids have some private time.
  19. captaincranky

    captaincranky TechSpot Addict Posts: 12,988   +2,527

    It seems the. whole thing would be illegal without an electronic surveillance warrant.

    Redbox never tried to install cameras on my DVD player, and that's where I'll get my movies, so long as we both shall live.

    This premise is unimaginally offensive to me. Didn't anybody ever ever read Orwell's "1984"?

    It should be required reading for everybody with an internet connection. That is if they haven't "burned" all the E-books of it.

    But you know what, if you're too insulated, oblivious, arrogant, and lazy enough to think that the web should supplant physical media, this is exactly what you deserve.

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