Update: Can Oprah convert your Mom, or wife to Kinect? (VIDEO) kinect news

Can this woman convert your Mom, or your Wife to Kinect?

Microsoft’s Kinect for Xbox 360  is traveling the TV talk circuit, appearing Tuesday, Oct. 19 on “Oprah,” (Today!) and later this month on “The Ellen DeGeneres Show.” There’s a new trend in daytime talk: Tech gadgets. Last month the “rugged” Motorola Defy smartphone made its public debut on the 25th season premiere of “The Oprah Show.”

What is Kinect, again?

Kinect, which launches Nov. 4 in North America (When does it launch in my country?), is Microsoft’s new Xbox 360 motion-sensor add-on that lets you play games and watch movies without a controller. A standalone Kinect sensor, designed for gamers who already own an Xbox 360 console, will cost $150 in the US. A Kinect bundled with the Xbox 360 4GB console is $300 in the US.

Influence the decision maker this Christmas: Mom

So why would Microsoft pimp Kinect on daytime talk? On the surface, the decision is a head-scratcher: Oprah and Ellen both appeal to a mostly female demographic, and the Xbox 360 skews young male. But with the holiday season approaching, moms everywhere will be looking for a hip gift for their tech-savvy kids-and Kinect fills the bill. And like the Nintendo Wii and its Wii Remote wireless controller, Kinect’s controller-less design may appeal to more mainstream consumers who often shun conventional game consoles.

All great things start with Oprah!

Well, do they?

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