Microsoft Kinect gets more awesome = Windows SDK

[ UPDATED: 17-JUN-2011 19:20 GMT ]

Launch on Channel 9

Launch on Channel 9

The deadly autonomous office sentry

Autonomus Kinect Office Sentry

Autonomus Kinect Office Sentry

Programming voice recognition demo

Programming Voice Recognition

Programming Voice Recognition in Kinect SDK

Twitter is busy with the trending #Kinect topic.

Channel 9 Live Kinect Event

ch9 Tweet - Channel 9 Live Kinect Event

Ch9 Blogs: Join Us Tomorrow For A Special Channel 9 Live Kinect Event follow the Twitter #Ch9Live hashtag and post questions live!

Confirmed: Watch the Kinect SDK Beta Launch Live!

Kinect For Windows SDK beta

Be part of the movement - Kinect For Windows SDK beta

Resources: Download the SDK Check out the Kinect Quick Starts and view the Kinect Project Gallery on Coding 4 Fun   

Michael Crump – The busy developer’s guide to the Kinect SDK Beta

Kinect is awesome. Yes it is about to become an essential business tool for remote workers and the boardroom too. “Minority Report” with optional glove as a fashion accessary. XBOX + Kinect = valid business expense!

Officially announced for Beta release on 16th May 2011 and finally expected today. With Windows 8, BUILD and the Skype acquisition it was no surprise that there has been a short delay.

As the story unfold we will update this post with all the news, resource links and more…


The Kinect for Windows SDK beta is a programming toolkit for application developers. It enables the academic and enthusiast communities easy access to the capabilities offered by the Microsoft Kinect device connected to computers running the Windows 7 operating system.The Kinect for Windows SDK beta includes drivers, rich APIs for raw sensor streams and human motion tracking, installation documents, and resource materials. It provides Kinect capabilities to developers who build applications with C++, C#, or Visual Basic by using Microsoft Visual Studio 2010.

This SDK includes the following features:
  • Raw sensor streams

    Access to raw data streams from the depth sensor, color camera sensor, and four-element microphone array enables developers to build upon the low-level streams that are generated by the Kinect sensor.

  • Skeletal tracking

    The capability to track the skeleton image of one or two people moving within the Kinect field of view make it easy to create gesture-driven applications.

  • Advanced audio capabilities

    Audio processing capabilities include sophisticated acoustic noise suppression and echo cancellation, beam formation to identify the current sound source, and integration with the Windows speech recognition API.

  • Sample code and documentation

    The SDK includes more than 100 pages of technical documentation. In addition to built-in help files, the documentation includes detailed walkthroughs for most samples provided with the SDK.

  • Easy installation

    The SDK installs quickly, requires no complex configuration, and the complete installer size is less than 100 MB. Developers can get up and running in just a few minutes with a standard standalone Kinect sensor unit (widely available at retail outlets).

This SDK is designed for non-commercial purposes only; a commercial version is expected to be available at a later date.

A Year is a Long Time in IT!

A year ago at E3 2010 XBOX 360 Kinect VideoKinect – Video Chat.

E3 2010 XBOX 360 VideoKinect

E3 2010 XBOX 360 Kinect VideoKinect - Video Chat

Waiting and waiting for the end of Spring 2011?

Kinect Windows SDK Beta

Kinect Windows SDK Beta - Almost time, get ready, take control!

June 16th 2011 – Is today the day? Yes it is!!!

Channel 9 Live - Kinnect Countdown!

Channel 9 Live - Kinnect Countdown!


Demos on Channel 9 Live:

  • Bunny hop – XBox and Windows Phone
  • Kinductor
  • Drone – Pitch, Roll, Yaw, Voice commands (Wooah!)
  • Fruit Salad
  • Unlock the Door
  • Cylon
  • Skeletal Viewer
Drone Flying Demo Kinect

Drone Flying Demo Kinect

Kinductor Demo - Channel 9 Live

Kinductor Demo - Channel 9 Live

Programming Skeletal Viewer Demo

Programming Skeletal Viewer Demo

Of course one of the first Kinect for Windows SDK Projects has to involve a Light Sabre! >>> Download code sample


Since the Fall of 2010 there have been some empty projects sitting on CopePlex so today we are looking for some updates here:


Where does Skype fit into all this too: Skype + Lync + Kinect + Win7 = ?

Did the Skype-on-TV force Microsoft’s hand in the acquisition with the upcoming competition to the new Kinect offering? Too early for this yet.

Other Links

Jellybean, the Kinect Drivable Lounge Chair – Channel 9 Coding4Fun DIY

Kinect and Videoconferencing + Augmented Reality at MIT’s Media Lab.

Wikipedia Kinect page – the story of ‘Project Natal’


Program in C#, VB, F#, C++ for Silverlight, WPF. Open for invention!

No hint of Skype videoconferencing KInect application – yet…


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  1. Pingback: Dew Drop – June 16, 2011 | Alvin Ashcraft's Morning Dew

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