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Kinect gets Windows SDK beta

Microsoft releases free development kit for Windows 7

Developers interested in working on Kinect can now download the Kinect for Windows Software Development Kit from Microsoft.

The SDK allows free access to Kinect's features, including motion tracking and voice recognition, for non-commercial applications.

"The Kinect for Windows SDK opens up a world of possibilities to developers who want to unleash the power of Kinect technology on Windows. We can't wait to see what this community will create as we work together to build more natural, intuitive computing experiences," said Microsoft's Anoop Gupta.

The SDK is for use with C++, C# or Visual Basic using Microsoft Visual Studio 2010, and includes features like skeletal tracking and raw sensor streams. It can be downloaded directly from. Microsoft.

The release was marked with a Code Camp, where a group of developers visited the Microsoft Campus to take part in a 24 hour coding challenge using the new SDK.

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