Microsoft has made a free beta release of the Kinect for Windows software development kit (SDK) available on its website. A commercial version is expected to be released at a later date.
Kinect is the gesture recognition system deployed by Microsoft in its Xbox 360 games console. It is based on recognition software developed by Microsoft and a 3-D image sensing technology developed by fabless chip company PrimeSense Ltd.
The SDK is a free beta release for noncommercial applications intended for developers, academic researchers and enthusiasts to create applications that include depth sensing, human motion tracking, and voice and object recognition using Kinect technology on the Windows 7 operating system.