Kinect for Windows SDK ベータ提供開始、非商用向け無料

Ittousai , @Ittousai_ej
2011年06月17日, 午前 01:38 in breaking news

マイクロソフトがKinect センサーの開発キット Kinect for Windows SDK ベータ版の提供を開始しました。対象プラットフォームはWindows 7。無料でダウンロードでき、非商用アプリの開発に利用可能です。対象の開発環境・言語は C++, C#, Visual Basic + Visual Studio 2010。


Kinect for Windows SDK ベータに含まれるのはドライバ、ハイレベルを含むAPI、インストーラ、ドキュメンテーションや各種リソースなど。機能的な制限はなく、原則的にXbox 360 のゲーム開発者に提供されているものと同等のライブラリが含まれます。可能なことは:
  • Kinect に搭載された各種センサのRAWデータ取得。 奥行き(赤外線) カメラ、RGBカラーカメラ、4エレメントのマイクアレイ。
  • 同時に6人までの認識。または同時に二人までのフル骨格トラッキング。
  • ノイズ / エコーキャンセル。音の位置認識。
  • オブジェクト認識、奥行き認識。
など。全身のスケレタルトラッキングにはXbox 360ゲームと同様のセットアップ (一定の距離と見通し) が必要ですが、部分的なトラッキングや奥行きの認識、音声関係の機能は広い場所がなくても機能します。


訂正: Visual Studio 2000 (誤) から Visual Studio 2010 (正) にtypoを修正。失礼しました。
Microsoft Releases Kinect for Windows SDK Beta for Academics and Enthusiasts

Twenty-four-hour Code Camp event showcases capabilities now available to developers.

REDMOND, Wash. - June 16, 2011 - Microsoft Corp. today announced the availability of Kinect™ for Windows® Software Development Kit (SDK) from Microsoft Research, a free beta release for noncommercial applications. The SDK is designed to empower a growing community of developers, academic researchers and enthusiasts to create new experiences that include depth sensing, human motion tracking, and voice and object recognition using Kinect technology on Windows 7. The Kinect for Windows SDK can be downloaded today at no cost for development of noncommercial applications at

To celebrate the release, Microsoft invited a select group of developers to the Microsoft campus in Redmond, challenging them to test the limits of their imaginations using the SDK in a Channel 9 Live 24-hour coding marathon (aka "Code Camp"). Working with the new toolkit and a vast array of hardware, developers are expected to build concept applications across a diverse range of scenarios, including, potentially, healthcare, science and education. Projects from Code Camp will be shown in a live broadcast on Channel 9 today from 10 a.m.–2 p.m. PDT, and highlights can be found on the Microsoft News Center at

"The Kinect for Windows SDK opens up a world of possibilities to developers who want to unleash the power of Kinect technology on Windows," said Anoop Gupta, distinguished scientist, Microsoft Research. "We can't wait to see what this community will create as we work together to build more natural, intuitive computing experiences."

The Kinect for Windows SDK, which works with Windows 7, includes drivers, rich APIs for Raw Sensor Streams, natural user interfaces, installer documents and resource materials. The SDK provides Kinect capabilities to developers building applications with C++, C# or Visual Basic® using Microsoft® Visual Studio® 2010.

Features of the SDK include the following:

• Raw Sensor Streams. Developers have access to raw data streams from depth sensor, color camera sensor and the four-element microphone array. These will allow them to build upon the low-level streams generated by the Kinect sensor.

• Skeletal Tracking. The SDK has the capability to track the skeleton image of one or two people moving within the Kinect field of view, making it possible to create gesture-driven applications.

• Advanced Audio Capabilities. Audio processing capabilities include sophisticated noise suppression and echo cancellation, beam formation to identify the current sound source, and integration with the Windows speech recognition API.

• Ease of installation. The SDK quickly installs in a standard way for Windows 7 with no complex configuration required and a complete installer size of less than 100 MB. Developers can get up and running in just a few minutes with a standard standalone Kinect sensor unit widely available at retail.

• Extensive documentation. The SDK includes more than 100 pages of high-quality technical documentation. In addition to built-in help files, the documentation includes detailed walkthroughs for most samples provided with the SDK.

Microsoft intends to release a commercial version of the SDK at a later date; details will be released when they are available. The conversation is on Twitter under the hashtag #Kinect_SDK.

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