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On the 13/04/2011 at the MIX11 developer conference in Las Vegas, three key features of the upcoming Kinect for Windows SDK were revealed: robust skeletal tracking, advanced audio capabilities, and XYZ depth camera. Also announced was the launch of a new website for the SDK, where you can subscribe to a newsfeed and be notified as soon as the SDK is available for download.

Our hope is that this "starter kit" for application developers will make it easier for the academic research and enthusiast communities to create even richer experiences by using Kinect technology. Here are a few details on each of the SDK's ground-breaking NUI features:

  • Robust skeletal tracking will provide high-performance capabilities for tracking the skeletal image of one or two people moving within the Kinect field of view.
  • Advanced audio will enable great sound capabilities by using a four-element microphone array with sophisticated acoustic noise and echo cancellation. The advanced audio will also include beam formation to identify the sound source and integration with the Windows speech recognition API.
  • XYZ depth camera will provide a standard color camera stream along with depth data indicating the distance of the object from the Kinect camera. This will give developers access to the raw data and enable the creation of novel interfaces by using the unaltered data.

Learn more here

Subscribe to alerts and get additional details at: http://research.microsoft.com/kinectsdk

Press release from MIX: http://www.microsoft.com/presspass/press/2011/apr11/04-13MIX2PR.mspx

Blog: MIXing it up: the Kinect for Windows SDK