Kinect for Windows v1.5 SDK release today; launch of hardware in 19 new countries starting today and continuing through June
In March, Kinect for Windows announced an update to the Kinect for Windows software development kit (SDK) would be coming, which would feature enhanced voice and gesture capabilities for developers, businesses and organizations to create new innovations with the magic of Kinect in Windows environments. Today, v1.5 of the Kinect for Windows SDK is now available for download.
Some of the new features include:
- Kinect Studio, a new tool that allows developers to record and playback Kinect data.
- A set of Human Interface Guidelines (HIG) to guide developers on best practices for the creation of Natural User Interfaces using Kinect.
- The Face Tracking SDK, which provides a real-time 3D mesh of facial features, tracking the head position, location of eyebrows and shape of the mouth.
- “Seated” or “10-joint” skeletal tracking, which provides the capability to track the head, neck and arms of either a seated or standing user.
- Four new languages for speech recognition, including French, Spanish, Italian and Japanese.
- New language packs to enable speech recognition with the way a language is spoken in different regions, including English/Great Britain, English/Ireland, English/Australia, English/New Zealand, English/Canada, French/France, French/Canada, Italian/Italy, Japanese/Japan, Spanish/Spain and Spanish/Mexico.
- New samples in both C++ and C#, plus a “Basics” series of samples with language coverage in C++, C# and Visual Basic.
Today, Kinect for Windows will be available four additional countries, including Hong Kong, Korea, Singapore, and Taiwan. Beginning June 1, the Kinect for Windows sensor will be available in 15 additional countries, including Austria, Belgium, Brazil, Denmark, Finland, India, the Netherlands, Norway, Portugal, Russia, Saudi Arabia, South Africa, Sweden, Switzerland and the United Arab Emirates.