SOFTWARE HOUSE Microsoft released the latest Kinect for Windows software development kit (SDK) today, which includes support for running desktop apps on Windows 8.
Announcing the news in a MSDN blog post on Monday, Kinect for Windows GM Craig Eisler said that the updated SDK includes several enhancements over the previous version, providing developers with new API data for building their Kinect apps.
For example, API access to accelerometer data will allow developers to regulate the Kinect sensor's orientation, and extended-range depth data will allow Kinect to return data from objects over four meters away.
Microsoft's new Kinect SDK will also have better support for multiple Kinect sensors with faster infrared sensing and improved skeletal tracking. The Kinect camera's brightness and exposure settings will also be opened up to developers, alongside infrared stream exposure settings for new environments such as low-light and brightness settings.
The updated Kinect SDK will support Visual Studio 2012 and Microsoft's .NET Framework 4.5 like the last one did, but will also add support so developers can create Kinect applications for virtual machine environments, including Microsoft's Hyper-V and VMware.
Along with the SDK announcement, Eisler said that the Kinect for Windows sensor SDK is now available in China and Microsoft will soon launch it in Chile, Colombia, the Czech Republic, Greece, Hungary, Poland, and Puerto Rico. µ