Microsoft to release a Kinect SDK for PC


Following a surge of hacks for the Kinect, including Invisibility and virtual Bra’s, Microsoft have decided to embrace the creativity of the people and release a legitimate way for those smart enough to create and develop more hacks through their PC using a Software Developers Kit (SDK).

The Microsoft Research (MSR) branch of the tech giant are developing the SDK for a non-commercial release. However, MSR said that a Commercial, more complex version of the SDK, would be released at a later date. The first version of the SDK will be a starter kit, released to ‘Academics’ and ‘Enthusiasts’, and will help users create rich natural user interfaces. The SDK will give users direct access to the main sensor to allow full control over the Kinect device.

In a statement issued by MSR, Craig Mundie said that:

Microsoft’s investments in natural user interfaces are vital to our long-term vision of creating computers that are intuitive to use and able to do far more for us. The fruits of these research investments are manifesting across many of our products, Kinect for Xbox 360 among them.

Are you an ‘Acedemic’ or ‘Enthusiast’? What do you think of this new SDK, and what applications can you think of (other than virtual Bra’s). Comment below of send me/us a Tweet!

I shall leave you with a Youtube video showing the best 12 Kinect Hacks (so far).

GS Reporter: Tom

Source: Games Press and Microsoft Research

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