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Microsoft releases free beta Kinect Windows SDK

Posted: 29 Jun 2011     Print Version  Bookmark and Share

Keywords:Kinect  Windows SDK  Kinect sensor  gesture applications 

Kinect, the gesture recognition system inside Microsoft's Xbox 360 games console, now has a free beta release for its Windows software development kit (SDK), according to Microsoft Corp.

Recognition software created by Microsoft and a 3D image sensing technology developed by fabless chip vendor PrimeSense Ltd are behind Kinect.

The SDK is a free beta release for non-commercial applications intended for developers, academic researchers and enthusiasts. It will allow them to create applications such as depth sensing, human motion tracking, and voice and object recognition using Kinect technology on the Windows 7 OS.

The KfW SDK includes driver software, APIs for sensor streams, user interface routines, installer documents and other resources, and supports the writing of applications with C++, C# or Visual Basic using Microsoft Visual Studio 2010. The Kinect sensor system can be bought stand-alone at retail stores and produces data streams based on depth sensor, colour camera sensor and a four-element microphone array. The SDK provides access to each of these.

The SDK has the capability to track the skeleton image of one or two people moving within the Kinect field of view, making it possible to create gesture-driven applications. Audio processing capabilities include sophisticated noise suppression and echo cancellation, beam formation to identify the current sound source, and integration with the Windows speech recognition API.

Microsoft said it intends to release a commercial version of the SDK at a later date.

- Peter Clarke
  EE Times

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