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Microsoft updates its Kinect for Windows SDK

SDK 1.7 brings 3D body scanning features and automatically recognised gestures
Mon Mar 18 2013, 15:53

SOFTWARE HOUSE Microsoft has released an updated software development kit (SDK) for Kinect for Windows, which is available to download by developers as of today from Microsoft's website.

The Kinect for Windows SDK 1.7 allows developers to create Kinect applications for Windows and includes a developer toolkit and improved Human Interface Guidelines.

Director for Kinect Bob Heddle detailed some of the main features detailed in the Kinect for Windows blog, where he described two of the more prominent features: Kinect Fusion, which transforms the device into a 3D scanner, and Kinect Interactions, which allows for a set of automatically recognised gestures.

According to Microsoft, Kinect Fusion fuses together multiple snapshots from the Kinect sensor to create accurate, full 3D models.

"Developers can move a Kinect for Windows sensor around a person, object, or environment and 'paint' a 3D image of the person or thing in real time," wrote Heddle.

"These 3D images can then be used to enhance countless real-world scenarios, including augmented reality, 3D printing, interior and industrial design, and body scanning for things such as improved clothes shopping experiences and better-fitting orthotics."

Kinect Interactions gives businesses and developers the tools to create apps based on ergonomics for more intelligent gesture detection. The interactions include push-to-press buttons, grip-to-pan capabilities, and support for smart ways to accommodate multiple users and two-person interactions.

Heddle explained that Kinect Interactions is focused towards retailers looking to impress their customers.

"We wanted to save businesses and developers hours of development time while making it easier for them to create gesture-based experiences that are highly consistent from application to application and utterly simple for end users," Heddle explained.

"With Kinect Interactions, businesses can quickly develop customised, differentiated solutions that address important business needs and attract, engage, and delight their customers."

The updated Kinect SDK also includes an enhanced developer toolkit and additional developer resources to allow developers to build Kinect enabled applications, including OpenCV and MATLAB samples.

According to the Guiness World Records, Kinect is the fastest selling gaming peripheral of all time. The last update in July 2012 saw the introduction of support for desktop applications on Windows 8. Like today, that update also included several enhancements over the previous version, providing developers with new API data for building their Kinect apps. µ


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