Microsoft Kinect Could Soon Tell How Many Viewers Are In Front Of The TV

The tech giant files for a patent that has netizens concerned about their privacy.


Microsoft has filed a patent that would essentially allow Kinect to detect how many people are in front of the television screen at a given time. The technology is developed to protect digital content rights so that the software can “take remedial action” if the number of user-views licensed is exceeded.

Netizens aren’t too happy about this patent as it raises concerns over privacy issues. The topic has been trending on Reddit where members linked the Kinect patent to George Orwell’s Big Brother in 1984. Users are already discussing how to avoid detection such as covering up the sensors, or unplugging the device. Others are skeptical that such technology would be launched commercially.

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