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Microsoft's latest trademark is watching you


A new patent filed by Microsoft suggests that Kinect will monitor the number of viewers in a room and if necessary give content providers the option to charge a license fee should there be too many viewers.

According to Extreme Tech, the abstract from the patent states, "The users consuming the content on a display device are monitored so that if the number of user-views licensed is exceeded, remedial action may be taken."

You can't really get much clearer than that.

The patent can limit the number of performances within a set time period, limit the viewers and allows for Microsoft to continually monitor viewers for "when performance of the content to an identified user exceeds a threshold."

Microsoft's patent will also cover head-mounted devices, large screens, gaming and media products, computers, and even mobile phones.


Big brother is watching it seems.


Edited On 24 May, 2013

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Dead's avatar
Dead 4 years ago
That's a bit creepy if you ask me.
troublemaker's avatar
troublemaker 4 years ago
Yeah, anothe reason to not get that machine. Dear GOD! Apparantly, it's 1984
0000000000's avatar
0000000000 4 years ago
there was me thinking you loved being watched gloria :P lol
Dead's avatar
Dead 4 years ago
Only when they're paying Shep ;)
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Johno Muller 4 years ago
It's quite simple, you just cover the lenses with a picture of a rusty sheriffs badge
0000000000's avatar
0000000000 4 years ago
o gloria you naughty girl! haha! its all BS pay no attention to shit like this that big word SUGGESTS says it all! only ever have 2 people in the room anyway me and the wife, maybe a kid runs in and out once in a while but they know better lol
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Loli-Nox-Tan 4 years ago
Or take a picture of your backside and cover the Kinect with that
kilz0r's avatar
kilz0r 4 years ago
'But Duuude! Bro! It has Caller Dudey!' I think that is what Microsoft banking on.
0000000000's avatar
0000000000 4 years ago
huh?
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Akemi no Zero 4 years ago
For what I seen at the xbox conference im not shocked but I think for what we seen so far xbox one (silly name) has let me down wasit too impressed but they mite change my view at e3 but I wont guarantee it.
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Chewy2nd 4 years ago
At this point, I think Microsoft want us to hate them.
Bindiana's avatar
Bindiana 4 years ago
Some people are reporting that this is actually in the Xbox one
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iMerle iDixon 4 years ago
Isn't this illegal? As in breach of privacy, then again they'll probably just bury it in the terms and conditions.
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LFC Bywater 4 years ago
I doubt it's true, but if it is i'll jus unplug the thing. Or does it always have to be connected?
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Loli-Nox-Tan 4 years ago
It has to be on if the Xbox is on
troublemaker's avatar
troublemaker 4 years ago
Xbone won't switch on without it if I remember right
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0000000000 4 years ago
as people have said its against the law with the fact everybody has the right to privacy, what they hoping to catch someone being murdered through the eyes of the kinect! get real this is 1 thing that WONT and CANT happen!!
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troublemaker 4 years ago
It's not illegal if it is put into the T&C of your using said media. So long as it isn't recording you and sending that footage off, if it's just usage data, i think they'll be covered. I'd still call bullshit though.
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0000000000 4 years ago
ok its not illegal i went to far, its immoral! if i found out i was being recorded id go slap every microsoft employee i could find
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LFC Bywater 4 years ago
Just make sure you turn it off when you go bed... or face it towards the wall lol
0000000000's avatar
0000000000 4 years ago
as im the closest thing a human comes to a big gorilla when it comes to being a hairy b*stard ill make them turn it of their end, just get changed in front of it! lol
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LFC Bywater 4 years ago
lmao.
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Dan_1 4 years ago
The anti-Microsoft reporting at the moment is actually getting a little boring. These type of patents probably exist for countless companies (I know Google have a number of questionable ones) and even if it was actually used, it'd probably be just to ensure that content isn't used for public displays, so enforcing what pretty much every blu-ray or DVD ever sold indicates you aren't to do anyway.
troublemaker's avatar
troublemaker 4 years ago
Let them record! Ill hang my scrotum over the camera!
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jam201984 4 years ago
This is a great why to shoot yourself in the head Microshit, actually i can pull the trigger for you cause all the crap is going to turn everyone to the PS4.......Good luck in the future with your ripoff box and 0 players playing on your new 300k servers around the world, well just think that 1 daft person who buys it wont have to worry about lag lol...:?
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0000000000 4 years ago
ill show them 1 of my baby boys full nappies, should scar them for life if its anything like my youngest son at the moment lol!
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jam201984 4 years ago
or just dont plug it in as its a serapate unit ?
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troublemaker 4 years ago
if you have the xbox on, the kinect needs to be on. it won't power without kinect plugged in, if what we've read is true!
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LFC Bywater 4 years ago
The countess sick things these poor employees will see :P
0000000000's avatar
0000000000 4 years ago
the amount of amateur sex tapes that will hit the net at the end of 2013 is going to be through the roof lol!
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LFC Bywater 4 years ago
lol, and so will applications for microsoft to have the job of watching the feeds.
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troublemaker 4 years ago
I'll be doing Giovanni Ribisi's dancing from the movie "Ted", but i'll only be wearing an ill fitting thong. Backwards. I'll let you guys stew on that image for a bit while I go get a coffee!
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troublemaker 4 years ago
And one sock. the left one.
0000000000's avatar
0000000000 4 years ago
Got to be a black sock to have a good effect lol!
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LFC Bywater 4 years ago
lol. Maybe i was wrong, the number of suicides at microsoft will sky rocket.
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Bindiana 4 years ago
I cant believe how badly this console reveal has gone the Wii U was pretty bad but that was mainly due to people asking if there was a console or was it just a gamepad. The stories against the Xbox one seem to get worse as the days go on They really should come out and explain everything before E3 and let E3 be about games.
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0000000000 4 years ago
i think the xbox could of been a lot worse though in all fairness, if it all works well there wont be a problem, if E3 shows a lot of good games then there is no issue i dont think!
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chrisg2006 4 years ago
: / Why did i just read these comments so many bad images in my mind now :'(
0000000000's avatar
0000000000 4 years ago
this is what were like when were bored at work lol! but TM likes to get the comments in and vanish for an hour +
Bindiana's avatar
Bindiana 4 years ago
With TMs recent comments in this thread should we be worried that he has disappeared for an hour or so haha.
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Johno Muller 4 years ago
I was out the office for an hour so, yes you should be worried.
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troublemaker 4 years ago
the onger I'm away, the longer you guys have to wonder what I'm doing. And knowing that you're al torturing yourselves with your own thoughts is very funny to me! haha! Unfortunately, I am at work, and sometimes I do have to do stuff! haha!
0000000000's avatar
0000000000 4 years ago
im at work to, i rarely do stuff though lol
troublemaker's avatar
troublemaker 4 years ago
I get a surprising amount of work done considering how long I spend online talking shit!
Johno Muller's avatar
Johno Muller 4 years ago
Don't lie, every time I've been in the office you've been giggling at CollarDuty tweets
Bindiana's avatar
Bindiana 4 years ago
Unfortunately I dont seem to be able to multitask that well so spend more time here then doing actual work
troublemaker's avatar
troublemaker 4 years ago
Damn straight, CollarDuty is awesome. the best thing to come out of the xbone reveal! But I'm still working!
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b3media 4 years ago
I think that there should be a warning on that link, stating that if you click it, you may die of boredom.
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Kelly-Marie 4 years ago
this is stupid. microsoft have hit the button of ridiculousness. do they want to hand it to sony on a plate?

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