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Kinect for Windows SDK v1.7 coming out today! [IS out... download it now]

Well you all know the big news right? The Kinect for Windows SDK v1.7 is coming out today. This is a release that many have been looking forward too and includes some frankly awesome features...

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Kinect for Windows announces new version of SDK coming March 18

On Monday, developers will be able to download the SDK, developer toolkit, and the new and improved Human Interface Guidelines (HIG) from our website. In the meantime, here’s a sneak peek:

Kinect Interactions give businesses and developers the tools to create intuitive, smooth, and polished applications that are ergonomic and intelligently based on the way people naturally move and gesture. The interactions include push-to-press buttons, grip-to-pan capabilities, and support for smart ways to accommodate multiple users and two-person interactions. These new tools are based on thousands of hours of research, development, and testing with a broad and diverse group of people. 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. With Kinect Interactions, businesses can more quickly develop customized, differentiated solutions that address important business needs and attract, engage, and delight their customers.

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Kinect Fusion is one of the most affordable tools available today for creating accurate 3-D renderings of people and objects. Kinect Fusion fuses together multiple snapshots from the Kinect for Windows sensor to create accurate, full, 3-D models. Developers can move a Kinect for Windows sensor around a person, object, or environment and “paint” a 3-D image of the person or thing in real time. These 3-D images can then be used to enhance countless real-world scenarios, including augmented reality, 3-D printing, interior and industrial design, and body scanning for things such as improved clothes shopping experiences and better-fitting orthotics. Kinect Fusion is something many of our partners have been asking for and we’re thrilled to be delivering it now.

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The updated SDK also includes an enhanced developer toolkit and additional developer resources, including:

  • OpenCV and MATLAB Samples to allow developers to build advanced Kinect-enabled applications while using industry standards.
  • Kinect for Windows Code Samples on CodePlex

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Exciting times isn't it?

Update: The SDK is now available for download...

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