Channels ▼
RSS

Web Development

Microsoft Releases Non-Commercial Kinect for Windows SDK


Microsoft Research has made a low-key announcement on its own section of the company's website detailing the release of a non-commercial Kinect for Windows software development kit (SDK). Due later this spring, this SDK is intended to be a "starter kit" for application developers in the academic research and enthusiast communities to create new apps with the Kinect controller-free gaming technology.

The Kinect for Windows SDK sees Microsoft Research developing in an internal partnership with the company's Interactive Entertainment Business (IEB) division. This collaboration is intended to give would-be Kinect programmers access to Kinect system capabilities such as audio, system APIs, and direct control of the sensor. Although Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer says that his company will deliver a commercial version of the SDK "in the right time", there are no further details to share for now.

"Microsoft's investments in natural user interfaces (NUI) are vital to our long-term vision of creating computers that are intuitive to use and able to do far more for us," said Craig Mundie, Microsoft's chief research and strategy officer. "The fruits of these research investments are manifesting across many of our products, Kinect for Xbox 360 among them."

According to Microsoft's director of cloud strategy Steve Clayton, this announcement of the Kinect for Windows SDK reflects Microsoft's desire to unleash NUI technology to a broader set of software programmers in all fields. "The community that has blossomed since the launch of Kinect for Xbox 360 in November shows the breadth of invention and depth of imagination possible when people have access to ground-breaking technology. Already, researchers, academics, and enthusiasts are thinking through what's next in natural and intuitive technology."


Related Reading


More Insights






Currently we allow the following HTML tags in comments:

Single tags

These tags can be used alone and don't need an ending tag.

<br> Defines a single line break

<hr> Defines a horizontal line

Matching tags

These require an ending tag - e.g. <i>italic text</i>

<a> Defines an anchor

<b> Defines bold text

<big> Defines big text

<blockquote> Defines a long quotation

<caption> Defines a table caption

<cite> Defines a citation

<code> Defines computer code text

<em> Defines emphasized text

<fieldset> Defines a border around elements in a form

<h1> This is heading 1

<h2> This is heading 2

<h3> This is heading 3

<h4> This is heading 4

<h5> This is heading 5

<h6> This is heading 6

<i> Defines italic text

<p> Defines a paragraph

<pre> Defines preformatted text

<q> Defines a short quotation

<samp> Defines sample computer code text

<small> Defines small text

<span> Defines a section in a document

<s> Defines strikethrough text

<strike> Defines strikethrough text

<strong> Defines strong text

<sub> Defines subscripted text

<sup> Defines superscripted text

<u> Defines underlined text

Dr. Dobb's encourages readers to engage in spirited, healthy debate, including taking us to task. However, Dr. Dobb's moderates all comments posted to our site, and reserves the right to modify or remove any content that it determines to be derogatory, offensive, inflammatory, vulgar, irrelevant/off-topic, racist or obvious marketing or spam. Dr. Dobb's further reserves the right to disable the profile of any commenter participating in said activities.

 
Disqus Tips To upload an avatar photo, first complete your Disqus profile. | View the list of supported HTML tags you can use to style comments. | Please read our commenting policy.
 
Dr. Dobb's TV