Microsoft is all set to release its another SDK of the famous Xbox Kinect technology to provide software developers to access the secret behind the technology.
Even though, the current version is meant for personal use, but the company has promised to launch the commercial version in the coming spring season. Kinect, stands for motion and the technology has been a big hit since its launch in the last November. Microsoft has already foreseen its future that will include 3D photography.
Microsoft hopes that the young developers will take the Kinect to its next level. “As breakthrough technologies like these reach scale, the resulting creativity and invention will open up a whole new world of possibilities for computing”, said Craig Mundie, Microsoft’s chief research and strategy officer.
The motion capturing chips will be integrated with PCs with some new gadgets soon, and hence the fun will not be limited to the consoles only. It means, anyone keen to tap into the sensing abilities of a gadget resembling the Kinect can do so without owning an Xbox 360. Currently, the development versions are sold in Israel with those motion capturing chips.
It is releasing the code under GNU license so that anyone can use it. PrimeSense is the creator of the chip that powers the motion-sensing part of Microsoft’s Kinect.
Microsoft launched the Kinect for the Xbox 360 in November 2010 and so far has sold around 8 million of the devices in the run-up to Christmas. The company was making the source code for the PrimeSensor to give developers the power to play around with it.
“It will all be open source so you can take it and port it to any device,” Tamir Berliner – one of the founders of PrimeSense said. “When we founded the company we set out to change the computer gaming industry with movement games but we did not have the Will to prove us right,” he added. As Tamir believes that the computer games are just the start, the Kinect is about to add the exciting fun in the gaming that will not be limited to the game parlors only.