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Microsoft Launches Kinect SDK, Making Hacks Official

The tools are now publicly available, even if you can't make money off it yet.

There haven't been many games worth playing for Kinect since the hardware launched, but hackers have found plenty of reasons to mess around with Microsoft's device. Trying to capitalize on what's been happening in the community, Microsoft's today released the official Kinect software development kit (SDK) in beta form, providing an official outlet for Kinect creations.

Right now, the SDK isn't meant for commercial creations--Microsoft says that will change. In other words, you can't charge for what you're making on the SDK, unless you're an official developer.

Microsoft describes the SDK as "starter kit for software developers, to make it easier for academic research and enthusiast communities to create rich experiences using Kinect."

Want to download the SDK for yourself? Have at it.

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Posted by patrickklepek

There haven't been many games worth playing for Kinect since the hardware launched, but hackers have found plenty of reasons to mess around with Microsoft's device. Trying to capitalize on what's been happening in the community, Microsoft's today released the official Kinect software development kit (SDK) in beta form, providing an official outlet for Kinect creations.

Right now, the SDK isn't meant for commercial creations--Microsoft says that will change. In other words, you can't charge for what you're making on the SDK, unless you're an official developer.

Microsoft describes the SDK as "starter kit for software developers, to make it easier for academic research and enthusiast communities to create rich experiences using Kinect."

Want to download the SDK for yourself? Have at it.

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Posted by Frank_Mann

Tired of Kinect. 

Posted by Winternet

Penis technology will evolve immensely.

Posted by spncrrr

Interesting things will come from this.

Posted by jorbear

Finally.

The Kinect will allow me to use my penis as a controller.

Edited by piropeople13

But you can still make money on existing open source sdk so why would people use the "Official" sdk? 
 
Example: http://www.engadget.com/2010/12/21/kinect-admits-itself-to-hospital-treated-for-gesture-control-of/

Posted by RecallBerserk

Does this count for Brad to eat his hat?

Posted by Skald

Good for Microsoft, being a cool bro like that.

Posted by AlwaysBeClothing

Should be interesting to see if someone can create the next casual indie title from such a humble beginning

Posted by rmanthorp
@Frank_Mann said:
Tired of Kinect. 
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Posted by ProfessorEss

Smart move.

Posted by Bollard

New comment system wut?

Posted by Rayeth

Good stuff. Hopefully this is increase the already interesting stuff we're seeing with Kinect from the open source crowd.

Posted by MisterMouse

yeah I feel like a lot of the kinect sales were from people who wanted to do these hacks

Posted by ecliptic_deimos

 Great news for budding Kinect developers and tinkerers.
 
 
Also, say what you will about Kinectimals, but man it is such a pretty game.
 
More games with this art style, please. >_<

Posted by AndrewB

Too late to include Kinect support in Windows 8. Damn youse, Microsoft!

Posted by DevWil

as a game developer, this sounds great to me. 
 
as a student game developer with no money to buy a kinect, this frustrates me a little bit.

Posted by Siphillis

Good to see Microsoft validating the one interesting development with Kinect.  Example (ignore the preview picture): 
 
    

Posted by mnzy

Butt recognition software will make huge improvements.

Posted by Beforet

Sounds like the right move on Microsoft's part.

Posted by Vexxan

Hurray, more crazy Kinect ideas to be viewed on Youtube!

Thumbs up to Microsoft.

Posted by WJist

Good on them, but I kinda don't care? Do something interesting on Kinect, please.
 
That thing sits on top of my TV, looks me up and down, stares into my soul, then judges me.

Posted by Dallas_Raines

Bring on the porn games!

Posted by Xpgamer7

The future holds promise.

Posted by commodore64

A lot of PC games support head tracking using TrackIR. It would be possible to make Kinect do the same thing.

Posted by MrSpaceMan

surprising

Posted by Jackel2072

this has promise. i really dont think the Kinect's main focus should be as a game device. the coolest things i have seen for kinect are not games.

Posted by Stensby1

Can't wait to see what comes of this. Should be interesting to watch for.

Posted by Kyle

Wow, that's pretty cool. SDKs usually cost like thousands and thousands of dollars. Hats off to Microsoft for, if nothing else, realizing where the excitement of Kinect really lies right now and playing to it.

Posted by _Horde

That's cool of them.

Posted by CaptainFil

I need to set my Kinect up again, I used Your Shape for about a month and haven't touched it since.  That was 4 months ago!

Posted by MeatSim

I am sure lot's of cool things will come out of this.