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Microsoft Plans National Kinect Tour In 32 Cities

Redmond, Wash. – Microsoft hopes to build consumer enthusiasm for the Nov. 4 launch of its Kinect for Xbox 360 with demonstration events that will tour 32 North American cities in the next 14 weeks.

Venues range from Macy’s in Manhattan to the Mall of America and California state fair. Kinect is also available for demos in all four Microsoft Retail Stores in Scottsdale, Ariz.; Mission Viejo, Calif.; Denver; and San Diego.

Kinect for Xbox 360 identifies body movements and positions to play games, responds to voice commands to control movie and music playback, and responds to hand motions to browse through music lists.

The Kinect Experience Mobile Demo Tour will give consumers the opportunity to play new motion-control games. Consumers will also be able to share photos and video captured at the Kinect Experience at, then comment on them on social networking sites.

Here’s where the tour is heading:

East Coast:
July 17-18: New York, Macy’s
July 20-22: East Falmouth, Mass.,Barnstable County Fair
July 24-25: New York, Seaport-Lower Manhattan Entertainment Area
July 28-Aug. 1: Washington, Six Flags America
Aug. 4-6: Canton, Ohio, Football Hall of Fame – Rib Burnoff
Aug. 7-8: Canton, Ohio, Football Hall of Fame Festival Weekend
Aug. 11-15: Chicago, Air Show/Navy Pier
Aug. 19-21: Detroit, Woodward Dream Cruise – Auto Festival
Aug. 26-30: St. Paul, Minn., Minnesota State Fair
Aug. 30-Oct. 24: Tampa, Fla., Westfield Citrus Park Shopping Mall
Sept. 3-6: Indianapolis, Rib America Festival
Sept. 10-13: Nashville, Tennessee State Fair
Sept. 15-16: Atlanta, Atlantic Station – Entertainment Plaza
Sept. 18-19: Atlanta, Atlanta Arts Festival
Sept. 23-26: Charlotte, N.C., Festival in the Park
Oct. 1-2: Orlando, Fla., Disney Wine and Dine Marathon
Oct. 8-10: Valdosta, Ga., A Wild Adventures Theme Park
Oct. 14-17: Dallas, Texas State Fair
Oct. 21-24: Shreveport, La., Louisiana State Fair

West Coast:
July 15-Aug. 22: Minneapolis, Minn., Mall of America
July 25-26: San Diego, Youth Surf Cup – Soccer
July 28-Aug. 1: Sacramento, Calif., California State Fair
Aug. 6-8: Portland, Ore., Bite of Oregon Food Festival
Aug. 10-11: Seattle, Woodland Park Zoo
Aug. 13-15: Seattle, Taste of Edmonds – Food Festival
Aug. 19-22: Vancouver, B.C., Summerfest
Aug. 27-Sept. 1: Pueblo, Colo., Colorado State Fair
Sept. 3-6: Denver, Elitch Gardens
Sept. 9-12: Albuquerque, N.M., New Mexico State Fair
Sept. 16-19: Salt Lake City, Utah State Fair
Sept. 24-26: Los Angeles, Universal City Walk
Oct. 1-3: San Diego, Miramar Air Fest
Oct. 7-11 San Francisco, Fleet Week Military Ship and Air Festival
Oct. 15-17: Phoenix, Arizona State Fair
Oct. 20-24: Las Vegas, PBR World Finals