Yesterday we at Microsoft were very excited that Microsoft Research announced it will release a non-commercial Kinect for Windows software development kit later this spring. The intent of releasing a “starter kit” for application developers is to make it easier for academic research and enthusiast communities to create even richer experiences using Kinect technology. The Kinect for Windows SDK from Microsoft Research is being developed and released by Microsoft Research (MSR) in collaboration with the Interactive Entertainment Business (IEB) to support a growing community of academic researchers and enthusiasts who are exploring potential applications built using Kinect. The starter kit will give academic researchers and enthusiasts access to deep Kinect system capabilities such as audio, system APIs, and direct control of the sensor. Microsoft will deliver a commercial version of the SDK later.
So get your coding ideas and fingers ready, it's time for your body to take control and be the controller of not just the XBOX but whatever every your developer minds may dream. Read more about this great news at http://research.microsoft.com/en-us/news/features/kinectforwindowssdk-022111.aspx and http://blogs.technet.com/b/microsoft_blog/archive/2011/02/21/kinect-for-windows-sdk-to-arrive-spring-2011.aspx.