Today is that day that Kinect makes the official leap to Windows with the release of the Kinect sensor for Windows, the commercial program and a final version 1.0 release of the SDK. Starting today anyone can go buy a Kinect sensor for Windows, hook it up to a pc, write extremely easy code using the SDK, bring it to the market and chance the world! (and maybe make some money in the progress. This will be a game changer in the way we interact with computers!
Kinect for Windows
Buying a Kinect for Window sensor will cost you a bit more than the Xbox version, $249 to be exact, but this will not only give you the sensor, it will also give you a commercial license (something that costs a fortune for the Xbox). So if you think about it this is a very cheap thing indeed!
The software (SDK) that allows you to interface with Kinect has drastically improved during its development, and now with the release of version 1.0 it received some very cool and nifty features!
- Use of to 4 Kinect sensors on a single PC (this can create a true 3D image!)
- Control over which users should have their skeleton tracked
- Near Mode (track stuff that is only 40cm away from the camera)
- Far Talk (enhanced speech recognition)
Now we just have to make what kind of genius, innovative and crazy applications developers will come up with. I can’t wait to see the first Kinect for Windows applications!