While many like to criticize Microsoft for spending a lot of money and not achieving much with it, it’s hard to deny that the Kinect story is anything but an unqualified success. The motion-tracking system has sold 10 million units in less than a year, which is an impressive feat by any metric. Redmond is now looking to combine Kinect with its flagship product via a new Kinect SDK for Windows.
A post on the Microsoft-run Channel 9 blog stated:
The Channel 9 team will be broadcasting live from the Channel 9 studios for a special Kinect focused event tomorrow, June 16th 2011 from 9:30AM PST.
Head to http://channel9.msdn.com/live tomorrow, June 16th 2011, at 9:30AM PST for a live and interactive broadcast featuring the Kinect sensor.
As you watch live submit your questions via Twitter with the #Ch9Live hashtag and we’ll do our best to answer them for you in real time.
The broadcast will be in IIS smooth streaming 720P so please ensure you have Silverlight installed and for the full high definition experience select “Fullscreen” from within the player.
Rumors have been circulating for a while that Microsoft was working to enable Kinect support for Windows after the peripheral’s explosive rise in popularity took even the creators by surprise. The Kinect has seen extensive unofficial use by 3rd party developers who have created many unorthodox uses for the camera, from 3d modelling to image scanning to robotics sensors.
Microsoft will release the SDK in beta form tomorrow, fleshing out the guidelines as time goes on. It’s unknown as yet whether Windows 8 will include official Kinect and gesture support or even a series of reduced functionality that uses built-in webcams and other devices.