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Last Monday the latest version of the Kinect for Windows SDK, v1.6, was released. In today's post we're highlighting

Inside the Kinect for Windows SDK Update with Peter Zatloukal and Bob Heddle

Now that the updated Kinect for Windows SDK  is available for download, Engineering Manager Peter Zatloukal and Group Program Manager Bob Heddle sat down to discuss what this significant update means to developers.

Bob Heddle demonstrates the new infrared functionality in the Kinect for Windows SDK.

Why should developers care about this update to the Kinect for Windows Software Development Kit (SDK)?

Bob: Because they can do more stuff and then deploy that stuff on multiple operating systems!

Peter: In general, developers will like the Kinect for Windows SDK because it gives them what I believe is the best tool out there for building applications with gesture and voice.

In the SDK update, you can do more things than you could before, there’s more documentation, plus there’s a specific sample called Basic Interactions that’s a follow-on to our Human Interface Guidelines (HIG). Human Interface Guidelines are a big investment of ours, and will continue to be. First we gave businesses and developers the HIG in May, and now we have this first sample, demonstrating an implementation of the HIG. With it, the Physical Interaction Zone (PhIZ) is exposed. The PhIZ is a component that maps a motion range to the screen size, allowing users to comfortably control the cursor on the screen.

This sample is a bit hidden in the toolkit browser, but everyone should check it out. It embodies best practices that we described in the HIG and is can be re-purposed by developers easily and quickly.

Bob: First we had the HIG, now we have this first sample. And it’s only going to get better. There will be more to come in the future.

Why upgrade?

Bob: There’s no downside to upgrading, so everyone should do it today! There are no breaking changes; it’s fully compatible with previous releases of the SDK, it gives you better operating support reach, there are a lot of new features, and it supports distribution in more countries with localized setup and license agreements. And, of course, China is now part of the equation....

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