Hi All

So we released the Kinect SDK for Academic / Hobbyist developers a couple months ago and now we have some really good resources to help you with your projects:

Chanel 9 Kinect for Windows SDK Quickstarts

6 Different videos (over an hour of instruction) about how to work with the Kinect SDK

http://channel9.msdn.com/Series/KinectSDKQuickstarts

Coding4Fun Kinect Toolkit

Helper routines to do common tasks, such as ImageFrame.ToBitmapSource() would allows you to easily draw the the skeleton in WPF, etc.

http://c4fkinect.codeplex.com/

Kinect Toolbox (from David Catuhe)

Contains a good intro tutorial, gesture recognizer, posture recognizer, and the ability to record and playback skeletons (for development), etc.

(Tutorial) http://blogs.msdn.com/b/eternalcoding/archive/2011/08/20/10174036.aspx

(Toolbox) http://kinecttoolbox.codeplex.com/

(Blog post, details on toolbox) http://blogs.msdn.com/b/eternalcoding/archive/2011/07/04/gestures-and-tools-for-kinect.aspx

(Blog post, details on toolbox) http://blogs.msdn.com/b/eternalcoding/archive/2011/08/02/kinect-toolkit-1-1-template-based-posture-detector-and-voice-commander.aspx

Kinect Mouse Cursor

Control your Windows mouse cursor with your hands.

http://kinectmouse.codeplex.com/

Kinect Paint

http://paint.codeplex.com/

Enjoy and drop us a note and share any cool projects you are working on.

Dave