Academics, Enthusiasts to Get Kinect SDK (this Spring) (via Microsoft Research)
Kinect for Xbox 360 and the potential seen within its core technology have
captured the imaginations of the academic research and enthusiast communities.
To encourage and support that creativity, on Feb. 21, Craig
Mundie, Microsoft’s chief research and strategy officer, and Don Mattrick,
president of Microsoft’s Interactive Entertainment Business, announced that the
company plans to release a non-commercial Kinect for Windows software
development kit (SDK) from Microsoft Research this spring.
“Microsoft’s investments in natural user interfaces are vital to our
long-term vision of creating computers that are intuitive to use and able to do
far more for us,” said Mundie. “The fruits of these research investments are
manifesting across many of our products, Kinect for Xbox 360 among them.”
While Microsoft plans to release a commercial version at a later date, this
SDK will be a starter kit to make it simpler for the academic research and
enthusiast communities to create rich natural user interfaces using Kinect
technology. The SDK will give users access to deep Kinect system information
such as audio, system application-programming interfaces, and direct control of
the Kinect sensor.
Also worth noting: http://blogs.technet.com/b/microsoft_blog/archive/2011/02/21/kinect-for-windo… (Kinect for Windows SDK to Arrive Spring 2011)