Microsoft will release a Kinect SDK for Windows

Craig Mundie, Microsoft’s chief research and strategy officer, and Don Mattrick, president of Microsoft’s Interactive Entertainment Business, announced that the company plans to release a non-commercial Kinect for Windows software development kit (SDK) from Microsoft Research this spring.

“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,” said Mundie. “The fruits of these research investments are manifesting across many of our products, Kinect for Xbox 360 among them.”

The SDK will be a starter kit to make it easier to create natural user interfaces using Kinect technology. The SDK will give users access to Kinect system information such as audio, system application-programming interfaces, and direct control of the Kinect sensor.

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