Microsoft has announced that they have released a free-to-use SDK and driver suite for Kinect on Windows 7 PCs. This will allow you to plug your Xbox 360 peripheral into your PC so that you can get stuck in to making all sorts of motion-sensing applications.
According to Microsoft’s Research webpage: “The Kinect for Windows SDK beta includes drivers, rich APIs for raw sensor streams and human motion tracking, installation documents, and resource materials. It provides Kinect capabilities to developers who build applications with C++, C#, or Visual Basic by using Microsoft Visual Studio 2010”.
So, budding software developers, what are you waiting for? With the amount of clever “hacks” that people have been putting together since Kinect first launched, it’s going to be interesting to see what others come up with now. You can head over to this site to download what you need. It’s free, but you’ll need a legitimate copy of Windows 7, at least 2-GB of RAM and a dual core processor in order to use it.