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Please use the newly updated Kinect for Windows SDK Quickstart series. The content below will only work with the Beta 2 version of the Kinect for Windows SDK.
This video covers the basics of installing and using the Kinect sensor. You may find it easier to follow along by downloading the Kinect for Windows SDK Quickstarts samples and slides that have been updated for Beta 2 (Nov, 2011).
- [02:34] Overview of Kinect Sensor
- [05:06] Device Manager
- [05:36] Using Kinect as an Audio Device
- [07:11] Using Kinect for Speech Recognition
Updates for Kinect for Windows SDK Beta 2 (Nov, 2011)
The video has not been updated for Beta 2, but the following changes have been made:
- The new Web site for Kinect is http://kinectforwindows.org
Installing the Kinect for Windows SDK
Download the 32-bit or 64-bit version of the Kinect for Windows SDK at http://kinectforwindows.org
Kinect Hardware Basics
The Kinect Sensor consists of the following:
- RGB Camera – A regular video camera that has a resolution of 640x480 at 30 frames per second
- 3D Depth Sensors – This is a combination of a depth projector (left reticule) and sensor (right reticule) to calculate distance. For more information, see the Tech behind Kinect video
- Motorized Tilt – The motorized tilt enables you to adjust the camera up or down 27 degrees to ensure that the camera has the best possible view of you
- Multi-Array Microphone – A four-microphone array that is mounted as a single microphone in Windows
After installing the Kinect for Windows SDK and plugging in the Kinect to a USB port on your computer. Click Control Panel –> Device Manager. You should see Microsoft Kinect as shown below
The Kinect microphone can be used for any application that uses a microphone. In the picture below, you’ll see that you can go to Control Panel –> Sounds and select the Recording tab to see the Kinect microphone array
Using the Kinect Microphone with Windows Sound Recorder
To use Kinect as a microphone for Windows Sound Recorder, simply ensure that the Kinect microphone is setup in the Sound control panel (above) as the default sound recorder. Click the Start Recording button to start recording using the Kinect as a microphone and click the Stop Recording button to be prompted where to save your file
How to use Windows Speech Recognition with the Kinect microphone
Click Start and type “Windows Speech Recognition” and hit enter or, in the Sound control panel, right click and select Configure Speech Recognition as shown below
If you’ve never used speech recognition before, consider using the Take Speech Tutorial option and reviewing the Speech Reference Card. If you are familiar with speech recognition, select Start Speech Recognition
Since the Kinect is a microphone array, make sure to select the Other option as shown below
Once the Windows Speech Recognition application has started, your screen will display the following widget, which you can use to interact with Speech Recognition application if required
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