updated 11:20 pm EDT, Wed June 15, 2011
Will include skeletal tracking, audio, XYZ depth
Microsoft is planning a special live stream at 9:30 a.m. PST tomorrow, Thursday the 16th, on its Channel 9 developer site to celebrate the release of the Kinect for Windows SDK beta, WinRumors reports. Speaking during a conference in Madrid, Microsoft Spain President Maria Garaņa said the company plans to make the SDK available this week. The Windows SDK beta will include skeletal tracking, advanced audio capabilities and other features for developers of Kinect apps.
The beta, which was first mentioned at Mix11, will provide developers with robust skeletal tracking that can track up to two people, along with audio options utilizing the four-element microphone array in the Kinect that offers sophisticated noise and echo cancellation, integration with the Windows speech recognition API and beam formation to allow identifying the current sound source. The SDK, which will also offer writing in Visual Basic, C and C++, will finally give developers XYZ depth information that can indicate the distance of an object from the Kinect camera.
The Kinect accessory has been one of the company's biggest success stories since its launch in November, shipping 10 million of the devices in 2010. It features an RGB camera, depth sensor and microphones that allow for full-body 3D motion capture, facial and voice recognition and gesture control for both game and non-game applications. [via WinRumors]