At Microsoft's TechForum, Craig Mundie, Microsoft's chief research and strategy officer and Don Mattrick, president, Interactive Entertainment Business (IEB), announced plans to release a non-commercial Kinect for Windows Software Development Kit, or SDK, this spring. The community that has blossomed since the launch of Kinect for Xbox 360 last November shows the breadth of invention and depth of imagination possible when people have access to ground-breaking technology.
Already, researchers, academics and enthusiasts are thinking through what's next in natural and intuitive technology. The Kinect for Windows SDK is being developed and released by Microsoft Research (MSR) in collaboration with IEB. It will be available this spring as a free download, and will give academic researchers and enthusiasts access to key pieces of the Kinect system such as the audio technology, system application programming interfaces and direct control of the Kinect sensor itself.
Natural and intuitive technologies such as Kinect can open up enormous opportunities across a wide variety of scenarios, including addressing societal issues in areas such as healthcare and education.
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This article originally appeared on EE Times Europe.