Microsoft's Official Kinect Software Is Better Than Most Hackers'

Looking to remind people, hey, we made this thing, Microsoft's upcoming Kinect software development kit for the PC will include a variety of features most hackers and code enthusiasts haven't been able to manage on their own.

One of those features is the ability for the camera to track the skeletal movements of two people, not just one. It'll also give people access to all four elements of Kinect's microphone, along with its noise cancellation features.

Other things you'll get with the software development kit (SDK) include a ton of documentation, speech recognition tools and "depth data, which provides the distance of an object from the Kinect camera".

So... you could jerk around with code the hard way, or grab this and let Microsoft do some of the work for you.

Before you ask if this will help, say, games, unless they're free the answer is "no", as the SDK can only be used for non-commercial purposes.

[Kinect, via Gamasutra]


    I heard its free for non-commercial use, but can be licensed......

      They will be releasing a commercial edition in the future, most likely linked with the XNA creators club, but this release is for academic and non-commercial release only.

    That's awesome... but has there been any update with the voice recognition for Australian users??

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