Pre-order your Kinect for Windows v2 now!

It's here, finally! The Kinect for Windows v2 device is now available for pre-order, while supplies last. Buy it today, get it in July and the beta of the Kinect for Windows SDK.

What, you're still here? Go get it! Pre-order the v2 sensor 

Pre-order your Kinect for Windows v2 sensor

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We are pleased to announce that beginning today, Kinect for Windows v2 sensors is now available for purchase during a pre-order period in 22 countries, before general availability later this year.  Sensors purchased during the pre-order phase will be shipped in July, at which time we will also release a public beta of our software development kit (SDK) 2.0. All of this will happen a few months ahead of general availability, giving developers who pre-order a head start on using the v2 sensor’s new and improved features, including increased depth-sensing capabilities, full 1080p video, improved skeletal tracking, and enhanced infrared technology.

Recent Background on Kinect for Windows v2:

  • The Kinect for Windows Developer Preview Program was launched in November 2013 which gave qualifying participants access to a pre-released v2 sensor and an alpha SDK. 
  • We received thousands of applications and selected participants based on the applicants’ expertise, passion, and the raw creativity of their ideas. Due to extremely high demand from the community, we expanded access to the program earlier this calendar year. 
  • This past April at Build 2014, we announced that the Kinect for Windows v2 sensor and SDK would be coming this summer and with them, the ability for developers to start creating Windows Store apps with Kinect for the first time.
  • With the opportunity to pre-order starting today, developers and businesses will be able to engage with the technology and start using the v2 sensor and SDK this July.

At BUILD in April, we told the world that the Kinect for Windows v2 sensor and SDK would be coming this summer, and with them, the ability for developers to start creating Windows Store apps with Kinect for the first time. Well here in Redmond, Washington, it’s not summer yet. But today we are pleased to announce that developers can pre-order the Kinect for Windows v2 sensor. Developers who take advantage of this pre-order option will be able to start building solutions ahead of the general public.

Sensors purchased during the pre-order phase will be shipped in July, at which time we will also release a public beta of our software development kit (SDK). All of this will happen a few months ahead of general availability of sensors and the SDK, giving pre-order customers a head start on using the v2 sensor’s new and improved features, including increased depth-sensing capabilities, full 1080p video, improved skeletal tracking, and enhanced infrared technology.

Thousands of developers wanted to take part in our Developer Preview program but were unable to do so—in fact, we’re still receiving requests from all around the world. So for these and other developers who are eager to start using the Kinect for Windows v2, the pre-order option offers access to the new sensor ahead of general availability. Bear in mind, however, that we have limited quantities of pre-order sensors, so order while supplies last.

The v2 sensors will also be shipped in July to those who participated in the Developer Preview program. For these early adopters, it’s been an amazing six months: we’ve seen more stunning designs, promising prototypes, and early apps than we can count—from finger tracking to touch-free controls for assembly line workers to tools for monitoring the environment. At BUILD, we showed you what Reflexion Health and Freak’n Genius were able to achieve with the v2 sensor in just a matter of weeks. And in July, when the sensor and SDK are more broadly available, we can only imagine what’s next.

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Project Information URL: http://blogs.msdn.com/b/kinectforwindows/archive/2014/06/05/pre-order-your-kinect-for-windows-v2-sensor-starting-today.aspx

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