English | En español: Microsoft lanzará kit de desarrollo de software oficial para Kinect [http://blogs.impre.com/piensa-digital/2011/02/21/microsoft-lanzara-kit-de-desarrollo-de-software-oficial-para-kinect/].

Since the arrival of Kinect for the Xbox 360, Microsoft’s add-on device has quickly become one of the most popular not only for casual gamers, but for those who love tech. Due to its ability to recognize human movements used to interact with games without the need of a controller, the Kinect has been at the center of much attention since last November. Those enthusiastic fans who have the ability to program and managed by themselves to create software to extend the capabilities of Kinect to their Windows computers will now have the cooperation of Microsoft.

The company, after a few months, has noticed the interest of its fans and announced today the upcoming launch of the Kinect for Windows SDK (software development kit). The first release of the program will only be for enthusiasts and academic researchers (for noncommercial use) and will be available this spring, while the commercial version will be available to the public at a later date.

According to Cragin Mundie, Microsoft’s chief research and strategy officer, “Microsoft’s investments in natural user interfaces are vital to our long-term vision of creating computers that are intuitive to use and able to do far more for us.”

The SDK will provide the necessary tools to develop software to run on Windows 7 and on the Xbox 360.

Mundie also stated that “the resulting creativity and invention will open up a whole new world of possibilities for computing.”

Source: Microsoft Research: Academics, Enthusiasts to Get Kinect SDK [http://research.microsoft.com/en-us/news/features/kinectforwindowssdk-022111.aspx].

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