June 16th 2011 9:38 am PT

Kinect for Windows SDK now available

Today we are happy to announce that the Kinect for Windows SDK is now available as a free download from Microsoft Research. It not only includes drivers but also APIs, device interfaces, installer documents and resource materials.

Grab it here http://research.microsoft.com/kinectsdk and have fun!

Kinect By Larry Hryb, Xbox LIVE's Major Nelson

  • http://twitter.com/TroyBenedict Troy Benedict

    Is the Kinect able to be powered by USB? Because I know the 360/Kinect bundle required a special port. Do I have to buy a special power attachment?

    • http://profiles.google.com/gwangi77 Mike Orson

      If you buy the stand alone kinect it comes with a power adapter.  The only ones that don’t are the ones that are bundled with the 360.

      • http://twitter.com/The_Dukenator Mark

        You can get the adapter from Microsoft for the Kinects that bundled with certain 360s.

    • Anonymous

      No, since the Kinect requires 12V. USB onyl delivers 5V, so a poweradapter is needed.

  • http://twitter.com/TroyBenedict Troy Benedict

    Is the Kinect able to be powered by USB? Because I know the 360/Kinect bundle required a special port. Do I have to buy a special power attachment?

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  • Anonymous

    Any news on when/if Kinect for the 360 will get support for a higher resolution/accuracy?

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  • Stuart Nicholson

    Kudos to Microsoft for actually publishing this!

  • http://twitter.com/sorb78 Stefan

    From the FAQ: “Only Microsoft can grant you the additional rights that you need to use the Kinect sensor device with a personal computer.”
    That’s funny I didn’t know all those PC hacks were illegal. I wonder if anybody has been arrested yet. Good thing I didn’t buy a Natal…

  • http://www.facebook.com/hood.locsta Hood Locsta

    im workin with it right now its cool

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1351905810 Chris Halley

    When will Kinect be available for HTC phones? THAT’s what I’m waiting for.

  • http://besthometheaterreviews.org/panasonic-sd-yd250 Panasonic SD-YD250

    The HTC phones are great and I’m using it now, super cool……..

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Rabbitc-Finklestein/100002063064487 Rabbitc Finklestein

    About bloomin’ time!

  • http://www.facebook.com/kthompson72x Robby Thompson

    From a windows dev:  YAY!

  • http://twitter.com/Navarin Bennijin Turbo

    HEY GUYS WE CAN’T MAKE ANYTHING GOOD WITH THIS YOU LOT HAVE A GO K? :D

    • Anonymous

      This SDK was released because of massive developer interest… the amazing homebrew stuff was impressive, now things could get really interesting.

  • http://paperdune.blogspot.com/ Rob

    Oh well, I’ll start studying Xna

  • Rodney Morrison

    Yay! Downloaded this Friday morning, spent my weekend getting to know it.  Got a nifty 3D head tracking demo using XNA, and a simple speech-recog program.  Next step, gesture recognition!  Thanks, MSR!

 

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