Kinect for Windows SDK beta available to download this week

By Tom Warren, on 15th Jun 11 5:10 pm with 18 Comments

Microsoft will release its Kinect for Windows SDK beta this week.

WinRumors understands that the company plans to release the beta bits during a special developer event on Thursday. Microsoft is planning to stream a Channel 9 special event at 9:30AM PST on Thursday which will celebrate the release of the Kinect for Windows SDK beta. President of Microsoft Spain, María Garaña, revealed on Wednesday that the company plans to make the SDK available this week. Speaking during La Red Innova conference in Madrid, Garaña explained that Microsoft intends to make the beta bits available this week. Microsoft’s Kinect for Windows SDK beta will include the following support:

  • Robust Skeletal Tracking for high-performance capabilities that track the skeleton image of one or two persons moving within the Kinect field of view
  • Advanced Audio Capabilities, including four-element microphone array with sophisticated acoustic noise and echo cancellation for great audio; beam formation to identify the current sound source and integration with the Windows speech recognition API also included
  • XYZ depth camera for standard color camera stream access and depth data that indicates the distance of the object from the Kinect camera

Microsoft’s Kinect sensor has been a phenomenal success story for the company. The console accessory sold out across a number of retailers during the recent festive season and Microsoft smashed its own estimates of 5 million units in 2010 by shipping 10 million devices. Microsoft’s Kinect accessory has also broken a Guinness World Record. Guinness World Records has officially named Kinect for Xbox 360 the fastest-selling consumer electronics device, which sold an average of 133,333 units per day for a total of eight million units in its first 60 days between November 4, 2010 and January 3, 2011. The device is now available at more than 60,000 retailers in 38 countries.

Microsoft launched its controller-less console accessory for the Xbox 360 across the world in November. The Kinect sensor is a horizontal bar that sits at the base of your TV. The device has an RGB camera, depth sensor and multi-array microphone which runs proprietary software. Kinect allows for full-body 3D motion capture, facial recognition, and voice recognition. Owners will be able to interact with games titles using just their body. Pausing TV and fast forwarding movies can be achieved using a mix of hand movements and voice control.

  • Anonymous

    First thing I’ll create is a paint app for the kids :D

    • Tom W

      haha. I can’t wait to see what people create :)

    • Anonymous

      Me too, Kinect for Windows opens up a whole new world of possibilities on how to interact with computers and stuff. It’s fair to say that I’m excited.

    • Michiel Papp

      Kinect is a great asset to your xbox, and when the sdk is released everyone will be able to make cool stuff with it. Already people who really saw the potential are using the open source drivers to really make sweet stuff.

      Sometimes innovation comes from people playing with toys :p

  • Renzo

    Is there any word on an official Kinect for PC product or do they just want us indie guys to use the retail one for Xbox?

    Just wondering because a smaller version with a smaller field of view (shoulders and head, as opposed to full body) for the PC would be great.

    • Anonymous

      Why make another Kinect?

    • Avatar X

      There will not be a Kinect Camera for PC hardware until W8 release. Same for official full tooling support and resources.

    • Avatar X

      There will not be a Kinect Camera for PC hardware until W8 release. Same for official full tooling support and resources.

    • Avatar X

      There will not be a Kinect Camera for PC hardware until W8 release. Same for official full tooling support and resources.

  • Justin Long

    Do you know if there’s going to be a product for the combined box people?

    I didn’t get a USB + power port in my 360.

  • @Luisrodrigz

    You are welcome Tom :)

  • @Luisrodrigz

    You are welcome Tom :)

  • Jainit Purohit

    I can’t wait for this robust skeleton tracking, :-)

  • Jigga

    Tom you need to learn how to write, you literally said they will release the SDK beta this week about 3x in that opening.

    Were you high when you wrote this?

  • Gabecolors

    Anyone know what this means for Mac users? Can developers use the same SDK?

    • Alvaro Osvaldo López-García

      Nope, I guess it will be optimized for Windows and it will be Windows-only

    • Guest

      Are you insane?