During its keynote at CES 2012, Microsoft unveiled yet another tool to thwart children's attempts to go outside or read a book. It's called Kinect Sesame Street TV, and it looks to bring the imaginative, classic world of Sesame Street to an interactive medium unlike the world has ever seen (unless the world happened to pick up Once Upon a Monster, that is).
Above: La la la la, la la la la, Elmo's World
During a demonstration, a prop child was asked by Grover to throw coconuts at the screen. The Kinect sensor picked up her movements, and showed the coconuts landing in Grover's box. If she didn't oblige (out of either malice or ignorance) she was supported by Cookie Monster, who rushed Grover and slam dunked the coconuts himself.
In the second demo, Elmo's world was brought into the real world with rainbows and sparkles. As the actors flailed, their world was transformed in a way that is sure to blow the minds of anyone under ten years old.
Sesame Street TV will be coming out this year for the Xbox 360, though we don't know if it will cost anything, or how regularly it will be updated. If it's supported with weekly content we could see if being an interesting experiment to bridge the gap between educational television shows and games. Then again, kids like doing the same stupid crap over and over again, right?
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