Microsoft Kinect SDK Set for Roll Out to Developers in a Short While

June 16, 2011, By Sanjeev Ramachandran

If you would remember, Microsoft was supposed to release their official Kinect SDK to developers sometime this year. However, there hasn’t been an official date confirmation on that until now. We now hear that a Channel 9 special event at 9:30 AM PST today will celebrate the release of the Kinect for Windows SDK beta. That means we need not have to wait too long to know whether the information is true or not. Let’s just hope it is.

As per the folks over at WinRumors, the Kinect SDK will roll out with features such as skeletal tracking, audio capabilities and XYZ depth cameras. Skeletal tracking can track the skeletal image of one or two persons moving within the Kinect field of view.

The audio capabilities are much more advanced with four-element microphone array plus sophisticated acoustic noise and echo cancellation for great audio. The XYZ depth camera can indicate the distance of the object from the Kinect camera.

Microsoft’s Kinect Sensor was sold across a number of retailers during the recent festive season and Microsoft broke its own estimates of 5 million units in 2010 by shipping more than 10 million devices.

Not many of you will be aware of the fact that Kinect for Xbox 360 is the fastest-selling consumer electronics. In fact, the accessory has also broken a Guinness World Record for having sold an average of 133,333 units per day for a total of eight million units in its first 60 days. What are your expectations? Tell us your views.

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