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Kinect for Windows SDK Beta and .NET Gadgeteer Makes it to Future of Technology in Eduction FOTE 2011

The session discussed Microsoft Kinect within teaching, learning and research. Since its release of Kinect, there has been tremendous enthusiasm and fascination. Kinect is not only a tool to help navigation and interaction, but a tool to help students to get even more engaged in learning.

Kinect is already making a difference in getting students more excited about their learning environment, and helping students to get engaged…and actually get more excited about studying. We are at an exciting time with the availability of the Kinect for Windows Software Development Kit (SDK). Kinect and NUI will bring more interactive classroom environments, the development of new learning styles that will help students with and without disabilities to get more engaged with learning, as well as the potential for much more interactive navigation tools, helping to get students involved in the teaching, learning and research.

The power of Kinect is here it’s now your turn for ideas and exploration, for more details of the event and to watch the presentation see

The Microsoft stand was represented by a two-way partnership between the Microsoft Research Connections team and the Microsoft Faculty Connection  team and contained demos of Kinect for Windows SDK beta, Microsoft .NET Gadgeteer, and Microsoft Robotics with support from Microsoft Research Connections

Kinect and Gadgeteer also made an attendance at  the World Maker Faire 2011

The Maker Fair is an inspiring showcase of creativity and cool technology that celebrates technology enthusiasts of all ages. From September 17 to 18 at the New York Hall of Science, Microsoft was represented by a three-way partnership between the Kinect for Windows SDK beta, Microsoft .NET Gadgeteer, and Microsoft Robotics with support from Microsoft Research Connections. The showpieces were the launch of Robotics Developer Studio 4 beta and a new reference design robot, Eddie, from Parallax, Inc. Which had a number of  Kinect SDK beta demos which included: on-board robot sensing and natural user interface (NUI) robot control, including a roving “party photographer” robot.

Kinect for Windows SDK Beta

Interest in the Kinect for Windows Software Development Kit (SDK) beta, released on June 16, 2011, has been strong, and we’re delighted to learn that so many academic developers and researchers are experimenting with natural user interface (NUI) applications and have taken advantage of the SDK to explore the potential of the Kinect sensor.

In support of our commitment to encourage researchers and enthusiasts in their exploration of the exciting possibilities of the Kinect sensor. The community has provided us with a lot of good feedback, and we hope the latest  release addresses some of the top items you’ve told us about.

Microsoft .NET Gadgeteer Launched


Microsoft .NET Gadgeteer is an open-source platform for building and refining prototype electronic devices quickly and easily.

It was developed by Nic Villar and James Scott in the Sensors and Devices group at Microsoft Research Cambridge that is managed by Steve Hodges. The Microsoft EMEA Press Centre announced its commercial availability and the hardware is available for pre-order through GHI Electronics. Learn more.