the new Kinect SDK is going to be launched in few hours, so lets talk about it a little bit
We’ve built a new Interactions framework which provides pre-packaged, reusable components that allow for even more exciting interaction possibilities. These components are supplied in both native and managed packages for maximum flexibility, and are also provided as a set of WPF controls. Among the new features are:
New interactions work best with the following setup:
The Engagement model determines which user is currently interacting with the Kinect-enabled application.
This has been greatly enhanced to provide more natural interaction when a user starts interacting with the application, and particularly when the sensor detects multiple people. Developers can also now override the supplied engagement model as desired.
A set of WPF interactive controls are provided to make it easy to incorporate these interactions into your applications.
Two samples use these controls: ControlsBasics-WPF and InteractionGallery-WPF. The controls can also be installed in source form via Toolkit Browser -> “Components” -> Microsoft.Kinect.Toolkit.Controls.
InteractionGallery - WPF uses the new KinectInteraction Controls in a customized app experience that demonstrates examples of navigation, engagement, article reading, picture viewing, video playback, and panning with grip. It was designed for 1920x1080 resolution screens in landscape layout.
KinectFusion provides 3D object scanning and model creation using a Kinect for Windows sensor. The user can paint a scene with the Kinect camera and simultaneously see, and interact with, a detailed 3D model of the scene. Kinect Fusion can be run at interactive rates on supported GPUs, and can run at non-interactive rates on a variety of hardware. Running at non-interactive rates may allow larger volume reconstructions.
Kinect Fusion can process data either on a DirectX 11 compatible GPU with C++ AMP, or on the CPU, by setting the reconstruction processor type during reconstruction volume creation. The CPU processor is best suited to offline processing as only modern DirectX 11 GPUs will enable real-time and interactive frame rates during reconstruction.
DirectX 11 compatible graphics card.
Kinect Fusion has been tested on the the NVidia GeForce GTX560, and the AMD Radeon 6950. These cards, or higher end cards from the same product lines are expected to be able to run at interactive rates.
Desktop PC with 3GHz (or better) multi-core processor and a graphics card with 2GB or more of dedicated on-board memory. Kinect Fusion has been tested for high-end scenarios on a NVidia GeForce GTX680 and AMD Radeon HD 7850.
Note: It is possible to use Kinect Fusion on laptop class GPU hardware, but this typically runs significantly slower than desktop-class hardware. In general, aim to process at the same frame rate as the Kinect sensor (30fps) to enable the most robust camera pose tracking.
So keep refreshing the Kinect for windows web site for the release and be one of the 1st people to get the new SDK and get ready to rock your Kinect applications with the new features.