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Today on the Corporate Microsoft Blog, we announced that the Kinect for Windows Software Development Kit (SDK) will be hitting this spring for free. This SDK will give academic researchers and enthusiasts access to Kinect. There has been a lot of interest by the community for enabling Kinect in Windows and we want to support that as natural user interface (NUI) is very important to us. For more on NUI, I suggest reading this blog post from Steve Clayton which talks about how as a company we are imagining a future full of NUI. And for more information on today’s announcement of the Kinect for Windows SDK, see this post.
Awesome! I don't have a Kinect and won't anytime soon but i'm thrilled to see Microsoft step up like this and support the community and keep pushing more free/open-source stuff. Any chance this kind of buisness will lead to a cheaper Windows price? :D
Kinect SDK for Windows is a VERY EXCITING development! I expect upcoming versions of Windows to improve upon just an SDK and offer full blown GUI operation of Windows like controlling the mouse pointer, mouse clicks, scrolling gestures and login.
Whoot : finally, we can expect some REAL advancements in HCI for the first time in about a billion years. What plans do you have for Windows 9 HCI? Come on - we all want to be Tom Hanks!
@7Flavor, I'm looking forward to Windows integration as well, especially if Kinect is (or 2nd gen will be) capable of eye tracking. However, I doubt Kinect will be used to precisely control mouse pointer/clicks...mouse/touchpad/touch are much better suited for that.
thanks for your great info. SDK is really helpful to me.
It would be interesting to develop a kit for work using the Adobe Air platform.