It has bee released! Here is the download link:
http://research.microsoft.com/en-us/um/ … nload.aspx
Here are the features for the Kinect SDK beta. (take note it is still in beta so expect more when it formally releases)
The Kinect for Windows SDK beta is a programming toolkit for application developers. It enables the academic and enthusiast communities easy access to the capabilities offered by the Microsoft Kinect device connected to computers running the Windows 7 operating system.
The Kinect for Windows SDK beta includes drivers, rich APIs for raw sensor streams and human motion tracking, installation documents, and resource materials. It provides Kinect capabilities to developers who build applications with C++, C#, or Visual Basic by using Microsoft Visual Studio 2010.
This SDK includes the following features:
Raw sensor streams
Access to raw data streams from the depth sensor, color camera sensor, and four-element microphone array enables developers to build upon the low-level streams that are generated by the Kinect sensor.
The capability to track the skeleton image of one or two people moving within the Kinect field of view make it easy to create gesture-driven applications.
Advanced audio capabilities
Audio processing capabilities include sophisticated acoustic noise suppression and echo cancellation, beam formation to identify the current sound source, and integration with the Windows speech recognition API.
Sample code and documentation
The SDK includes more than 100 pages of technical documentation. In addition to built-in help files, the documentation includes detailed walkthroughs for most samples provided with the SDK.
The SDK installs quickly, requires no complex configuration, and the complete installer size is less than 100 MB. Developers can get up and running in just a few minutes with a standard standalone Kinect sensor unit (widely available at retail outlets).
I’ve downloaded it and I’m currently exploring the features. I suggest you guys do it as well. There are a lot of changes and user-friendly features. It will definitely make kinect hacking better and easier. :ugeek:
Great post! thanks Buzzer for this. Been planning a huge development once this goes out. GAME TIME!
Looking forward primarily with the easy installation and advanced audio capabilities. For one, the easy installation would really appeal to more developers to try the kinect out. would love to see what other brilliant minds have in store with the Kinect. 2 heads are better than one!
Another stuff is the advanced audio capability. i got a program im working on and voice commands will really deepen the feature list of my masterpiece. Definitely a good news with this one and the SDK by far is proving that its a worthy add-on!