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A new SDK from Microsoft Research can help you write code to connect Kinect to robots. The Kinect Services for Robotics Developer Studio (RDS) provides sample services that use the Kinect for Windows SDK to allow access to the Depth and RGB data from a Kinect sensor. In addition to a service for a real Kinect, there is also a service for a simulated Kinect that works with the RDS simulator.
A sample application is included that shows how to use a Kinect on a simulated robot to wander around and avoid obstacles. Note that both Visual Studio 2008 and 2010 are required to compile the Kinect services. This release is for RDS 2008 R3 only.
Kinect Services for RDS is built on top of the Kinect for Windows SDK. The team wrapped the core Kinect SDK capabilities so you can use them with the CCR/DSS programming model.
You can download Kinect Services for RDS 2008 R3.
For more information, see Announcing Kinect Services for RDS 2008 R3.
Bruce D. Kyle ISV Architect Evangelist | Microsoft Corporation