If you have ever sat staring at your Kinect Sensor and thought “I know what that could be used for” then think no more. Microsoft has released a non-commercial Kinect Software Developers Kit (SDK) for Windows 7 that will allow developers to create their own programs utilizing the motion detector. Although Microsoft has enjoyed considerable success with its Kinect sensor for the Xbox 360, it has had to admit that some of the most creative applications for the motion detector have been developed by the PC community.
Up until now, developers have had to resort to hacking to gain access to the Kinect data streams but Microsoft seem to have embraced the idea of alternative uses for the Xbox peripheral. With projects ranging from assistance during complex surgical procedures to controlling robots and even making sex games, it’s obvious that there is a plethora of ways in which Kinect could be utilized.
The kit, which is available now on the Microsoft website, can be used by developers who build applications with C++, C#, or Visual Basic by using Microsoft Visual Studio 2010. It includes the following features:
• Raw sensor streams
• Skeletal tracking
• Advanced audio capabilities
• Sample code and documentation
• Easy installation
So if you would like a go at developing your own application for Kinect, head over to the Microsoft website for more information and to download the kit. For those of you who aren’t so adventurous, leave your ideas below for alternative uses for Kinect.