If you thought Sony was silly with their ideas of following M$ with a paid Live network system. Sony and/or the Wii will have a hard time following M$ with their new idea of the future, as M$ is getting smart and getting a patent on their latest "brain-storm" idea.
In the near future once this patent is cleared, your future 3D Avatar, will be more like the "Real You", if you FAT so will it be (That's the main idea behind this to get Gamers to lose more weight!). If you Black, it will be. If you are married, your avatar will have a RING, and so on.
Read all the technical details here: http://appft1.uspto.gov/netacgi/nph-...DN/20090309891
I like this part the best (found inside the long techical link above):
It basically means they are going to monitor your "voice chat" to make your avatar change its mood depending on your stress, like you are lieing. And with M$ grabbing your "health data", I can see the "privacy" watchdogs complaining about that, nothing is going to be shield from the M$ eyes!For example, as a person utilizes Voice over IP (VoIP) to chat with a viewing person 426 in the virtual environment 406, stress could be detected to gauge honesty. As another example, skin resistance, pulse, and breathing could be detected to gauge mood. As yet another example, a webcam image or video could be verified by pattern matching to avoid spoofing. As a further example, the verification component 412 could block posting of an avatar 414 that lacks a requisite physical characteristic (e.g., left-handedness verified for a left-handed club). In addition, the viewing person 426 could interact with the avatar 414 at periods in which the person 402 is not interacting with the 406. The physical characteristics exemplified by the avatar 414 persisting for review (e.g., a profile on a dating website). The avatar 414 could incorporate sufficient intelligence so that rudimentary conversation regarding the physical characteristics could be queried.