Today at Microsoft BUILD 2013, we made two important announcements for our Kinect for Windows developer community.

First, starting today, developers can apply for a place in our upcoming developer kit program. This program will give participants exclusive early access to everything they need to start building applications for the recently-announced new generation Kinect for Windows sensor, including a pre-release version of the new sensor hardware and software development kit (SDK) in November, and a replacement unit of the final sensor hardware and firmware when it is publicly available next year. The cost for the program will be US$399 (or local equivalent). Applications must be received by July 31 and successful applicants will be notified and charged in August. Interested developers are strongly encouraged to apply early, as spots are very limited and demand is already great for the new sensor. Review complete program details and apply for the program.


The upcoming Kinect for Windows SDK 1.8 will include more realistic color capture with Kinect Fusion.
The upcoming Kinect for Windows SDK 1.8 will include more realistic color capture with Kinect Fusion.

Additionally, in September we will again refresh the Kinect for Windows SDK with several exciting updates including:

  • The ability to extract the user from the background in real time
  • The ability to develop Kinect for Windows desktop applications by using HTML5/JavaScript
  • Enhancements to Kinect Fusion, including capture of color data and improvements to tracking robustness and accuracy

The feature enhancements will enable even better Kinect for Windows-based applications for businesses and end users, and the convenience of HTML5 will make it easier for developers to build leading-edge touch-free experiences.

This will be the fourth significant update to the Kinect for Windows SDK since we launched 17 months ago. We are committed to continuing to improve the existing Kinect for Windows platform as we prepare to release the new generation Kinect for Windows sensor and SDK.  If you aren’t already using Kinect for Windows to develop touch-free solutions, now is a great time to start. Join us as we continue to make technology easier to use and more intuitive for everyone.

Bob Heddle
Director, Kinect for Windows

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