A commercial version of the SDK Kinect for Windows available early 2012
November 01st, 2011 - 10:55 am ET by J. G.
A commercial Kinect development kit for Windows will be available in early 2012.
Last June, Microsoft made a beta version of their Kinect development kit for Windows 7 available. This kit includes the drivers, the API’s and documentation allowing applications to be developed in C++, C# and Visual Basic by using Microsoft Visual Studio 2010.
The SDK allows you to conceive applications which call on the Kinect movement sensor on the Xbox 360 so that it is possible to drive programs, for example.
The SDK offers skeletal movement detection to represent one or two people as an image, with audio captured through a four piece microphone system with ambient noise and echo cancellation, sound source identification, Windows voice recognition API’s and a three dimension camera to measure the distance between an object and the Kinect sensor.
This kit is free but Microsoft will also make a commercial version available to develop commercial programs. Microsoft will use Kinects first birthday – officially the 4th of November – to announce that this commercial version will be available in early 2012.
According to Microsoft, Kinect has started to be used in fields like health, education and industry. More than 200 companies around the world, including Toyota, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt and Razorfish have participated in a pilot program to explore the commercial possibilities made available with Kinect.
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