Developers looking to utilise the new next-generation Kinect for Windows gesture control device, will be pleased to learn that Microsoft has now opened preorders for the new Kinect for Windows SDK which is available to purchase for $399.
But don’t delay too long as Microsoft is only offering a limited number of licences and will close the doors on the Kinect for Windows SDK pre-ordering on July 31, 2013 at 9 AM Pacific Time.
Microsoft has explained that the new Kinect for Windows SDK will provide developers with access to the Kinect for Windows engineering team via a private forum as well as exclusive webcasts as well as early SDK access to both alpha and beta development stages.
The Kinect for Windows SDK kit also includes a pre-release alpha Kinect sensor which Microsoft will replace with a final release sensor once the Kinect for Windows officially launches. Bob Heddle, Director of Kinect for Windows, explains that the Kinect for Windows is being developed alongside the Xbox One’s Kinect gesture control device on a shared set of technologies, saying :
“The new sensor includes a high-definition (HD) color camera as well as a new noise-isolating multi-microphone array that filters ambient sounds to recognize natural speaking voices even in crowded rooms,”-“Also included is Microsoft’s proprietary Time-of-Flight technology, which measures the time it takes individual photons to rebound off an object or person to create unprecedented accuracy and precision. All of this means that the new sensor recognizes precise motions and details, such as slight wrist rotation, body position, and even the wrinkles in your clothes.”
For more information on the new Kinect for Windows SDK jump over to the Windows Developer website for details.
Source: Toms Hardware