Today, Microsoft announced it will release a non-commercial Kinect for Windows software development kit from Microsoft Research later this spring. The intent of releasing a â€œstarter kitâ€ for application developers is to make it easier for academic research and enthusiast communities to create even richer experiences using Kinect technology.
The Kinect for Windows SDK from Microsoft Research is being developed and released by Microsoft Research (MSR) in collaboration with the Interactive Entertainment Business (IEB) to support a growing communityÂ of academic researchers and enthusiasts who are exploring potential applications built using Kinect.
The starter kit will give academic researchers and enthusiasts access to deep Kinect system capabilities such as audio, system APIs, and direct control of the sensor.Â Microsoft will deliver a commercial version of the SDK later. There are no further details to share at this time.
Microsoft has deep investments in R&D in natural user interfaces (NUI). NUI is part of the companyâ€™s long term vision of creating computers that are intuitive to use and able to do far more for us. The fruits of those investments manifesting across many of Microsoftâ€™s products, including Kinect for Xbox 360, Windows Phone 7, Microsoft Surface 2.0, Bing for Mobile and Office 2010 Mini Translator.
This announcement of the Microsoft Kinect for Windows SDK reflects Microsoftâ€™s desire to unleash the magic of the NUI technology to a broader set of academic researchers and the enthusiasts byÂ empowering them with the tools to create exciting applications with the use of Kinect technology.