Friday, June 17, 2011

Microsoft Released Kinect for Windows SDK(Beta) [Download]

Microsoft has now released the Software Development Kit(SDK) of Kinect for Windows. It now gives you access to the programming toolkit, Developers can now do a lot of things with that. And also .Net developers can write Kinecting apps in C++, C#, or VB. Kinect capabilities can now also be used with computers Running Windows 7.

We've already seen so many uses of Kinect in different fields. And now to get more from it, Mircosoft also released SDK of Kinect for Windows.
According to Anoop Gupta, distinguished scientist, Microsoft Research:
“The Kinect for Windows SDK opens up a world of possibilities to developers who want to unleash the power of Kinect technology on Windows, We can’t wait to see what this community will create as we work together to build more natural, intuitive computing experiences.”

Raw Sensor Streams. Developers have access to raw data streams from depth sensor, color camera sensor and the four-element microphone array. These will allow them to build upon the low-level streams generated by the Kinect sensor.

Skeletal Tracking. The SDK has the capability to track the skeleton image of one or two people moving within the Kinect field of view, making it possible to create gesture-driven applications.

Advanced Audio Capabilities. Audio processing capabilities include sophisticated noise suppression and echo cancellation, beam formation to identify the current sound source, and integration with the Windows speech recognition API.

Ease of installation. The SDK quickly installs in a standard way for Windows 7 with no complex configuration required and a complete installer size of less than 100 MB. Developers can get up and running in just a few minutes with a standard standalone Kinect sensor unit widely available at retail.

Extensive documentation. The SDK includes more than 100 pages of high-quality technical documentation. In addition to built-in help files, the documentation includes detailed walkthroughs for most samples provided with the SDK.

Microsoft intends to release a commercial version of the SDK at a later date; details will be released when they are available. The conversation is on Twitter under the hashtag #Kinect_SDK.

Download Kinect for Windows SDK

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