Microsoft shares more on Kinect developer kit for hobbyists

Microsoft shares more on Kinect developer kit for hobbyists

Summary: Remember the Kinect software development kit (SDK) that Microsoft officials showed off earlier this year? Microsoft officials shared more details about what's coming in that SDK on April 13 at the Mix '11 conference.

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Remember the Kinect software development kit (SDK) that Microsoft officials showed off earlier this year? Microsoft officials shared more details about what's coming in that SDK on April 13 at the Mix '11 conference.

In February, Microsoft Research and Microsoft's Interactive Entertainment Business unit announced they were building a an SDK for individuals who want to build Windows apps that use the Microsoft Kinect sensor. The plan, they said, was to roll out a version of this SDK for academics and hobbyists some time this spring. Officials also said they were planning to deliver a version that could be used by those seeking to create commercial apps, but there was no time frame announced for delivery of that version.

Today, officials said developers can sign up to be notified of the coming spring beta release. They didn't share any more details about the timing beyond "spring."

The SDK beta for hobbyists will be out on May 16, according to Microsoft Research.

Update: Microsoft officials said the May 16 date, tweeted by Microsoft Research, is not a correct date. All the company will say is the SDK is coming this spring.

Microsoft officials said in February that the coming SDK would give users access to “deep Kinect system information such as audio, system application-programming interfaces, and direct control of the Kinect sensor.” Even without an official SDK, developers have been creating a variety of Kinect “hacks” since Microsoft rolled out the sensor in the November 2010.

Today at Mix, officials said the Kinect for Windows Beta SDK from Microsoft Research will include:

* skeletal tracking for one or two persons * advanced audio capabilities, including four-element microphone array with acoustic noise and echo cancellation; beam formation to identify the current sound source; and integration with the Windows speech recognition API * XYZ depth camera for standard color camera stream access and depth data that will indicate the distance of the object from the Kinect camera

Microsoft is highlighting some showcase applications developed with the SDK, including a Kinect-powered version of the Worldwide Telescope.

Topics: Software, CXO, Microsoft, IT Employment

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Mary Jo has covered the tech industry for 30 years for a variety of publications and Web sites, and is a frequent guest on radio, TV and podcasts, speaking about all things Microsoft-related. She is the author of Microsoft 2.0: How Microsoft plans to stay relevant in the post-Gates era (John Wiley & Sons, 2008).

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    james347
    • RE: Microsoft shares more on Kinect developer kit for hobbyists

      @james347 I don't know. I would never buy an XBOX, and not a big fan of MS...but knowing I could run the Kinect hacked on my PC I might get it for the technology. the tracking compared to older motion capture technology is impressive.
      Socratesfoot
    • Like a Mac in the Enterprise?

      @james347
      You have to have consumers to have enterprise buys....that failed tech has none of the above
      Will Farrell
      • I agree!

        @Will Farrell
        kinect sales fizzled and M$ is bracing for a massive recall due to defective devices and angry customers.
        Linux Geek
    • RE: Microsoft shares more on Kinect developer kit for hobbyists

      @james347 10 million sold can be wrong!! This is a consumer product.
      jatbains
    • RE: Microsoft shares more on Kinect developer kit for hobbyists

      @james347
      Really? I get it you are one of the trolls here that come and bash anything that goes over your head because things are too complex for you.
      Ram U
    • RE: Microsoft shares more on Kinect developer kit for hobbyists

      @james347 Ah yes, those nasty hobbists, they stole precious they did, nasty nasty hobbists
      fwelsh
    • RE: Microsoft shares more on Kinect developer kit for hobbyists

      @james347
      LOL...are you serious? Kinect is the fastest selling consumer electronic device ever! This is above iPhone/iPad, any Android product, Wii etc... its the new hot ****. How do you figure it has no consumers?
      timotim
    • RE: Microsoft shares more on Kinect developer kit for hobbyists

      @james347
      I am trying to help you here. You really need help... get a girlfriend or partner and get a life.
      owlnet
    • RE: Microsoft shares more on Kinect developer kit for hobbyists

      @james347

      Saying that the kinect does not have consumers is like saying the iPhone is a commercial flop.

      From a hobbyist, and even a robotics professional point of view, having an off-the-shelf 3D camera system that is both that effective, and that cheap is nothing short of awesome.
      SlithyTove
  • RE: Microsoft shares more on Kinect developer kit for hobbyists

    @james347 is total troll.
    joeymaloney