Microsoft has announced that its new Avatar Kinect gadget has gone live for Xbox LIVE users. This feature will allow users to take their avatars to new levels of interaction with Kinect mirroring user’s facial expressions on those avatars. Additionally, users can invite up to seven friends to join them in virtual stages. Avatar Kinect is available for free to all Xbox LIVE Gold members, but to celebrate its release, Avatar Kinect has been unlocked for all Xbox LIVE members (Free or Gold) to enjoy from July 25 – September 8. Microsoft also announced that its upcoming Kinect Sparkler gadget will launch this Thursday.