Kinect for Windows SDK Update; Kinect for Windows Sensor Launches in China

Updtate 10/09: Kinect for Windows Language Packs version 11.0 now avilable are add-ins for the Kinect for Windows Runtime that enable speech recognition for the way a language is spoken in different locales.Available in 12 different languages/accents Kinect for Windows Language Packs require that the Kinect for Windows SDK v1.6 or Kinect for Windows Runtime […]

Updtate 10/09: Kinect for Windows Language Packs version 11.0 now avilable are add-ins for the Kinect for Windows Runtime that enable speech recognition for the way a language is spoken in different locales.

Available in 12 different languages/accents Kinect for Windows Language Packs require that the Kinect for Windows SDK v1.6 or Kinect for Windows Runtime v1.6 be installed.

Download Kinect for Windows Language Packs version V11.0 here.

The latest Kinect for Windows runtime and software development kit (SDK) released today to China -- "Kinect for Windows sensor is now available in China," Microsoft announced.

The updated Kinect for Windows SDK gives developers more powerful sensor data tools and better ease of use, while offering businesses the ability to deploy in more places.

This updated version of the SDK is fully compatible with previous commercial versions, and comes with added support for Windows 8, virtual machine (VM), and Visual Studio 2012 means "Kinect for Windows can be in more places, on more devices."

Microsoft also promised that over the next few months Kinect for Windows sensors will be available in seven more markets include "Chile, Colombia, the Czech Republic, Greece, Hungary, Poland, and Puerto Rico."

Updates include:

  • "Extended sensor data access
  • Data from the sensor's 3-axis accelerometer is now exposed in the API enabling detection of the sensor's orientation.
  • Extended-range depth data now provides details beyond 4 meters. Extended-range depth data is data beyond the tested and certified ranges and is therefore lower accuracy. For those developers who want access to this data, it's now available.
  • Color camera settings, such as brightness and exposure, can now be set explicitly by the application, allowing developers to tune a Kinect for Windows sensor's environment.
  • Infrared stream is now exposed in the API -- letting developers use it in scenarios, such as calibrating other color cameras to the depth sensor or capturing grayscale images in low-light situations.
  • This SDK when used with the Kinect for Windows sensors allows for faster toggling of IR to support multiple overlapping sensors," informs Kinect team.

The SDK also bring improved developer tools such as:

  • "Kinect Studio has been updated to support all new sensor data features.
  • Ships with a German speech recognition language pack that has been optimized for the sensor's microphone array.
  • Skeletal tracking is now supported on multiple sensors within a single application.
  • New samples show how to use all the new SDK features. Additionally, a fantastic new sample has been released that demonstrates a best-in-class UI based on the Kinect for Windows Human Interface Guidelines called the Basic User Interactions - WPF sample," the Kinect team blogged.

Also, recently Microsoft's Kinect team with the Royal Society of London reproduced "Isaac Newton's face." The researchers scanned Isaac Newton's face mask using Kinect camera to create a digital version of the rendering.

In the video posted below, Microsoft explains everything in detail:

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