The beta release of Microsoft's Kinect Software Development Kit (SDK) is now available as a free download for noncommercial applications.
Microsoft says it hopes that the Kinect motion sensing input device will now garner interest from academic researchers with an interest in:
- depth sensing,
- human motion tracking
- and voice and object recognition.
Microsoft says that that developers working with the new toolkit are expected to build concept applications across a range of scenarios including healthcare, science and education.
"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," said said Anoop Gupta, distinguished scientist, Microsoft Research.