Microsoft has released Kinect for Windows Software Development Kit (SDK) and it is the first beta release for non-commercial applications.Sources reveal that commercial Kinect for Windows Software Development Kit will also be released soon.
Kinect for Windows SDK is a programming toolkit for researchers and enthusiasts so that they can create and develop new academic experiences using Xbox 360‘s motion sensor on the computer which runs on Windows platform.
Features of the Kinetic SDK:
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.
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