Those longing to get a-tinkering on Windows platforms with Microsoft’s Kinect motion sensor for Xbox 360 will be pleased to hear that the Redmond firm will be releasing its Kinect for Windows SDK on the 1st of February.
Microsoft will be releasing APIs, sample code and Kinect drivers. The company are already working with over 200 development teams to get Kinect-compatible apps together in time for the launch of Windows 8.
“With Kinect for Windows, we are investing in creating a platform that is optimised for scenarios beyond the living room, and delivering new features on an ongoing basis, starting with “near mode”, said Craig Eisler, corporate vice president in Microsoft’s Interactive Entertainment Business Unit.
“As well, we will be supporting the Windows Embedded platform to enable a range of intelligent systems scenarios. We are building this platform in a way that will allow other companies the opportunity to integrate Kinect into their offerings. We have invested in an approach that allows them to develop in ways that are dependable and scalable.”
Those hoping to use Kinect with other platforms are out of luck though; the SDK only caters for those looking to develop apps for Windows 7, 8 and the Xbox 360.