Microsoft Releases Kinect for Windows SDK

Submitted by lalit on June 16, 2011 - 7:19pm.

As was rumored, Microsoft today released Kinect for Windows software development kit (SDK) beta for academics, enthusiasts and developers. Microsoft hopes that using the SDK developers will create new application experiences for Kinect that includes depth sensing, human motion tracking, and voice and object recognition. 

"The Kinect for Windows SDK opens up a world of possibilities to developers who want to unleash the power of Kinect technology on Windows," said Anoop Gupta, distinguished scientist, Microsoft Research. "We can't wait to see what this community will create as we work together to build more natural, intuitive computing experiences."

The Kinect for Windows SDK, which works with Windows 7, includes drivers, rich APIs for Raw Sensor Streams, natural user interfaces, installer documents and resource materials. The SDK provides Kinect capabilities to developers building applications with C++, C# or Visual Basic using Microsoft Visual Studio 2010.

Developers can download the Kinect for Windows SDK from Microsoft’s Research website. We hope that developers would come up with some great applications using the SDK because our Kinect has been collecting dust since December.