I am pleased to announce that we released the Kinect for Windows software development kit (SDK) 1.8 today. This is the fourth update to the SDK since we first released it commercially one and a half years ago. Since then, we’ve seen numerous companies using Kinect for Windows worldwide, and more than 700,000 downloads of our SDK.
We build each version of the SDK with our customers in mind—listening to what the developer community and business leaders tell us they want and traveling around the globe to see what these dedicated teams do, how they do it, and what they most need out of our software development kit.
The new background removal API is useful for advertising, augmented reality gaming, training and simulation, and more.
Kinect for Windows SDK 1.8 includes some key features and samples that the community has been asking for, including:
We also have updated our Human Interface Guidelines (HIG) with guidance to complement the new Adaptive UI sample, including the following:
Design a transition that reveals or hides additional information without obscuring the anchor points in the overall UI.
Design UI where users can accomplish all tasks for each goal within a single range.
My team and I believe that communicating naturally with computers means being able to gesture and speak, just like you do when communicating with people. We believe this is important to the evolution of computing, and are committed to helping this future come faster by giving our customers the tools they need to build truly innovative solutions. There are many exciting applications being created with Kinect for Windows, and we hope these new features will make those applications better and easier to build. Keep up the great work, and keep us posted!
Bob Heddle, DirectorKinect for Windows
Back in June at the Build Conference we announced and started taking applications for our upcoming developer kit program.
The response & interest we’ve seen has been tremendous: thousands of developers from 74 different countries applied.
When we announced the program we said we’d start notifying successful applicants in August. Many people interpreted that to mean that we’d be done with notifications in August. I apologize for not being clearer on this. We never intended to have all the notifications done in August. While we did start in August and have notified many developers of their acceptance to the program, there are still many more applicants to be notified.
Over the coming weeks we will continue to let applicants know if they are admitted to the program, denied admission, or waitlisted (just like college :-)). Every applicant will hear something from us by the end of September. Anyone who is waitlisted will have a final decision by the end of the year.
We are still planning to start sending out the developer kits in late November to all program participants.
Again, apologies for any confusion. Please stay tuned…you will hear something from us soon!
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