Microsoft Launches Kinect SDK For Windows
So here is another Good News for Today ! Microsoft has just announced a new SDK for Windows. This will allow the programmers to take input from the Kinect. This SDK kit includes Application Programming Interfaces (APIs) along with the technical documentation, Drivers to use Kinect with Windows 7 platform, and sample code.
This SDK will enable the researchers in creating games and other rich applications that will use Kinect sensor on personal computers running on Windows 7.
Following are the three major features:
Raw Sensor Streams
Access to raw data streams from the depth sensor, color camera sensor, and four-element microphone array enables developers to build upon the low-level streams that are generated by the Kinect sensor.
The capability to track the skeleton image of one or two people moving within the Kinect field of view make it easy to create gesture-driven applications.
Advanced Audio Capabilities
Audio processing capabilities include sophisticated acoustic noise suppression and echo cancellation, beam formation to identify the current sound source, and integration with the Windows speech recognition API.
In order to make SDK work on your computer you need a Windows 7, Visual Studio 2010 and Microsoft .Net Framework 4.0. Download SDK from here.