Microsoft Releases Kinect for Windows

As promised by Steve Ballmer in January, the Redmond-based software giant has announced Kinect for the Windows Software Development Kit (SDK) version 1.0.

Back in November last year, Beta 2 version was released by the company and the current version is launched with significant enhancements over the previous version, including support for up to four Kinect sensors on one system, enhanced skeletal tracking and speech recognition accuracy and several API updates, stability, audio fixes and runtime.

There is also present a Near Mode that lets users to see objects very close (40 cm) in front of the device by enabling the depth camera.

Microsoft has launched its Kinect for Windows in several countries, including United States, UK, Mexico, Australia, Canada, France, Germany, Ireland, Italy, Spain, Japan and New Zealand.

Currently, the Kinect for Windows is launched with a price tag of $249, but the Redmond-based software giant has promised a special academic pricing of $149 for qualified educational users at a later time.

Although, it seems that everything is working according to the plans for Microsoft, the only thing missing at this stage are the apps. Now we have to wait and see whether the Kinect for Windows will able to draw attentions of developers to develop some useful apps in the coming days.

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