The Kinect for Windows SDK enables developers to create applications that support gesture and voice recognition, using Kinect sensor technology on computers running Windows 7, Windows 8 consumer preview, and Windows Embedded Standard 7.
Note: An updated version of the Kinect for Windows SDK exists. Download the latest version of the Kinect for Windows SDK to obtain the newest functionality and improvements.
The Kinect for Windows SDK v1.5, driver, and runtime are 100% compatible with Kinect for Windows v1.0 applications and include new features such as: skeletal tracking in near range, seated skeletal tracking, joint orientation, and other improvements.
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The Kinect for Windows SDK includes the following:
- Drivers for using Kinect for Windows sensors on a computer running Windows 7, Windows 8 consumer preview, and Windows Embedded Standard 7
- Application programming interfaces (APIs) and device interfaces
- Note: Samples have been removed from the SDK install. Samples, tools, and other valuable development resources are now available in the Kinect for Windows Developer Toolkit.
Supported Operating System
Windows Embedded Standard 7
- Hardware Requirements
- 32-bit (x86) or 64-bit (x64) processor
- Dual-core 2.66-GHz or faster processor
- Dedicated USB 2.0 bus
- 2 GB RAM
- A Microsoft Kinect for Windows sensor
- Software Requirements
- Make sure the Kinect sensor is not plugged into any of the USB ports on the computer.
- If you have the Kinect for Windows v1.0 SDK installed, close any open samples, the Sample Browser, etc. You do not need to uninstall the v1.0 SDK. Skip to step 5.
- Remove any other drivers for the Kinect sensor.
- If you have Microsoft Server Speech Platform 10.2 installed, uninstall the Microsoft Server Speech Platform Runtime and SDK components including both the x86 and x64 bit versions, plus the Microsoft Server Speech Recognition Language - Kinect Language Pack.
- Close Visual Studio. You must close Visual Studio before installing the SDK and then restart it after installation to pick up environment variables that the SDK requires.
- From the download location, double-click on KinectSDK-v1.5-Setup.exe. This single installer works for both 32-bit and 64-bit Windows.
- Once the SDK has completed installing successfully, ensure the Kinect sensor is plugged into an external power source and then plug the Kinect sensor into the PC's USB port. The drivers will load automatically.
- The Kinect sensor should now be working correctly.
- Download the Kinect for Windows Developer Toolkit, which contains source code samples, tools, and other valuable development resources that simplify developing Kinect for Windows applications.