Microsoft releases Kinect SDK for Windows 7 PCs

Microsoft releases Kinect SDK for Windows 7 PCs

Summary: Microsoft has announced the release of the first beta version of the Kinect SDK (Software Development Kit).

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Microsoft has announced the release of the first beta version of the Kinect SDK (Software Development Kit).

This SDK allows developers (or at least hobbyists and academics (the tools to create and build applications that make use of the Xbox 360 Kinect sensor. The SDK offers access to the raw data streams from sensors in the Kinect, including the depth sensor, color camera sensor, and microphone array.

The Kinect for Windows SDK beta is a programming toolkit for application developers. It enables the academic and enthusiast communities easy access to the capabilities offered by the Microsoft Kinect device connected to computers running the Windows 7 operating system.

The Kinect for Windows SDK beta includes drivers, rich APIs for raw sensor streams and human motion tracking, installation documents, and resource materials. It provides Kinect capabilities to developers who build applications with C++, C#, or Visual Basic by using Microsoft Visual Studio 2010.

There are some limitations:

  • This is Windows 7 only, for now at any rate
  • Its use is limited to non-commercial and academic usage

Despite these initial limitations, I think that it's awesome that Microsoft has made this SDK available to developers wanting to experiment with the Kinect.

Grab the Kinect SDK here.

So, what (non-commercial) projects have you got planned?

Topics: Microsoft, Hardware, Windows

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  • RE: Microsoft releases Kinect SDK for Windows 7 PCs

    So what. Nothing to see here.
    james347
    • RE: Microsoft releases Kinect SDK for Windows 7 PCs

      @james347

      I don't think you are able to see the possibilities here. Or you're just mad that it's not Apple doing this.
      The one and only, Cylon Centurion
  • RE: Microsoft releases Kinect SDK for Windows 7 PCs

    Very cool! Imagine having this technology built into Win8 tablets to use with the new UI! Or interacting with our desktops without the keyboard or the mouse. <br><br>I hope Microsoft keeps up with this and doesn't let Apple barge its way in. <br><br>Now how many people are we going to see complain that this is Windows 7 only and not available for XP (L)users? ;)
    The one and only, Cylon Centurion
  • bad license and bad OS

    unless it's available on Linux under GPL it's useless.
    Linux Geek
    • RE: Microsoft releases Kinect SDK for Windows 7 PCs

      @Linux Kook<br><br>Let's see how useful Linux is:<br><br><a href="http://marketshare.hitslink.com/os-market-share.aspx?qprid=9&qpct=2" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">http://marketshare.hitslink.com/os-market-share.aspx?qprid=9&qpct=2</a>

      Wow! Zero. Point. Nine. One. Percent! You guys are ON FIRE!

      Oops, looks pretty useless to me. So what was your point exactly...?
      Qbt
      • RE: Microsoft releases Kinect SDK for Windows 7 PCs

        @Qbt Gobbler
        I didn't know usefulness was established by market share. I will have to revise my opinion on MSN Search, or Live Search, or whatever they are calling it now and on Windows Phone. I guess that means the server edition of Windows has been an exercise in futility.
        Well, I guess I'll go back to Microsoft's most useful operating system, Windows XP, OH WAIT! I can't use the Kinect SDK here! Golly gee! I guess LG's painfully obvious point was correct. Their SDKs do need to be more available than they currently are. Hope you don't have too tough of a time cleaning that barf you spew from the sides of your mouth.
        sixcorners
  • The Minority Report...

    ...Version 2.0
    cym104