Microsoft Research has released Kinect for Windows SDK Beta, to encourage academic researchers and enthusiasts to visit http://research.microsoft.com to download the free SDK and access community resources and general information. The combined creativity of Microsoft with the academic research and enthusiast communities will lead to new experiences that will revolutionize our relationship with computers.
The SDK is designed to empower a growing community of developers, academic researchers and enthusiasts to create new experiences that include depth sensing, human motion tracking, and voice and object recognition using Kinect technology on Windows 7.
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.
Features of the SDK include the following:
Microsoft intends to release a commercial version of the SDK at a later date; we will keep you informed on the availability of that version. The Kinect for Windows SDK can be downloaded today at no cost for development of noncommercial applications at http://research.microsoft.com/kinectsdk.