February 22, 2011

Microsoft To Release Kinect Software Development Kit

Microsoft said it plans to release a software development kit for the Xbox Kinect this spring that will allow amateur software developers to experiment with the technology and the secrets behind it.

However, for now, it will only be for personal use. But the software giant said it will release a commercial version in due time.

Microsoft's Kinect, which turns a player's body into a human game controller, has been hugely popular since its launch date last November.

Kinect has been a big hit with hackers as well, who have been demonstrating various uses for the technology, including 3D photography.

Microsoft said it hopes that smarter developers will now find more ways to take advantage of Kinect's technology and take it to the next level.

"As breakthrough technologies like these reach scale, the resulting creativity and invention will open up a whole new world of possibilities for computing," Craig Mundie, Microsoft's chief research and strategy officer, told BBC News.

Microsoft made the announcement during an open day at its Seattle, Washington research center.

The company is hoping that the success of Kinect will give it a greater presence in the home entertainment field.


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