Kinetic Windows SDK beta release

Posted 16 Jun 2011 at 19:28 UTC by IKE_RobotsPodcast Share This

Microsoft just released the beta version of the Windows SDK programming toolkit for Kinetic. Since its introduction Kinetic silently revolutionized robotics and this release would broaden its appeal and applications. The SDK includes raw sensor streams, skeletal tracking, audio capabilities sample code and documentation all in a easy to install windows environment. Read more about Kinetic Windows SDK here

open source Kinect SDK, posted 18 Jun 2011 at 02:42 UTC by steve » (Master)

Note that the link in the main article is for proprietary software with a license that restricts the software freedoms of the developers and end users.

I'd highly recommend anyone interested in developing with the Kinect not use Microsoft's proprietary drivers and software. Instead, consider using the OpenKinect library, which is available under either the Apache 2.0 license or the GNU GPL license, both of which protect the software freedoms of the users and allow commercial and non-commercial use. The OpenKinect library includes wrappers for C++, Python, Java, Common LISP, and other programming languages and can be used on GNU/Linux as well as proprietary operating systems such as MacOS or Windows.

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