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Enterprising PC users have been doing very cool things with the Kinect motion controller that Microsoft sells for its Xbox 360 console. Redmond was quick to encourage hackers and even said the device's interface was left open to make meddling easier. After promising an official developer kit, Microsoft has finally released a beta version of the Kinect for Windows SDK. The ~22MB download is available free of charge in 32- and 64-bit flavors. You'll need to be running Windows 7 along with a 2010 edition of Visual Studio, though.

The SDK offers access to raw data captured by Kinect's depth sensor, color camera, and microphone array. You also get skeletal tracking for up to two people and a handful of audio processing goodies that'll cancel echoes, supress noise, and figure out which of those two skeletons is talking. Sample code and some pretty extensive documentation are a part of the package, as well.
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Sounds nice. I'm not the one to go and mess around with the SDK but I hope that something nice will come out of this now that people will have more support.
 
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cant wait for apps and games that use this
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Looks sick. Can't wait till people get to use this.
    
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Interesting... but there is something bad about Kinect that you need to really stand back for it to see you... How will kinect fix that for PC? how far back can you stand away from your pc?
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It can still pick you up close up, it depends on how its coded in the first place. Playing Kinect adventures isnt a judge for how close you can be for it to work smile.gif

http://channel9.msdn.com/Series/KinectSDKQuickstarts/Skeletal-Tracking-Fundamentals

He isnt stood miles away from the sensor.
    
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Stop tip-toeing around it and just bring us virtual reality!
    
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