Microsoft Launched Kinect for Windows SDK Beta, Sign-Up Now

It is just a night before when we were expecting the launch of Kinect for Windows SDK by Microsoft and finally Microsoft launched its software development kit, Kinect for Windows beta on the second day of MIX11 conference, opening the host of opportunities for developers to create news apps, games and tools for PCs. Currently, developers can sign-up for beta version as the service will officially available for download on May, 16.

Some of the key features of Kinect for Windows SDK include:

  • The latest advances in audio processing, which include a four-element microphone array with sophisticated acoustic noise and echo cancellation for crystal clear audio.
  • Sound source localization for beam-forming, which enables the determination of a sound’s spatial location, enhancing reliability when integrated with the Microsoft speech recognition API.
  • Depth data, which provides the distance of an object from the Kinect camera, as well as the raw audio and image data, which together open up opportunities for creating richer natural user interface experiences.
  • Highly performant and robust skeletal tracking capabilities for determining the body positions of one or two persons moving within the Kinect field of view.
  • Documentation for the APIs and a description of the SDK architecture.
  • Sample code that demonstrates how to use the functionality in the SDK.

We already know that the company’s Kinect gadget for the Xbox 360 has already been proved a great success standing with a hardware breaking sales records and now Microsoft is aiming to bring the power of controller-less gaming to Windows with a possibility of motion-controlled apps. It is important to note here that Microsoft Kinect for Windows SDK is for non-commercial use only.

Developers can sign-up to be notified of the release of the Kinect for Windows SDK here.

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