These resources will help you get the most out of your Kinect for Windows v2 sensor. The Kinect for Windows software development kit (SDK) 2.0 public preview enables you to use C++, C#, or Visual Basic to create applications and experiences that support gesture and voice recognition. The integrated developer toolkit includes sample applications with full source code, Kinect Studio, and resources to simplify and speed up application development. This page also provides links to other SDKs and tools that will help you build Kinect-enabled solutions.
You will need these downloads and documents to develop Kinect for Windows v2 apps:
Kinect for Windows SDK 2.0 public previewIncludes an integrated toolkit and drivers for using the Kinect for Windows v2 sensor on a computer running Windows 8, Windows 8.1, Windows Embedded Standard 8, or Windows Embedded Standard 8.1. Also included are APIs and device interfaces.
Download SDK 2.0 public preview(15 Jul 2014, English)
Release notes for SDK 2.0 public preview
SDK 2.0 public preview documentation (MSDN)
Human Interface Guidelines (HIG)
End-user licensing agreements
SDKs and downloadsSome of the samples in the SDK 2.0 public preview make use of these additional resources:
Microsoft DirectX SDK
Microsoft Speech Platform SDK 11
.NET Framework 4.5
.NET Framework 4.0
XNA Framework Redistributable 4.0
ToolsKinect for Windows development also requires Visual Studio. You can download a free version below, as well as other optional tools.
Microsoft Visual Studio Express 2012
XNA Game Studio 4.0
Language pack(s)These language packs enable you to add speech recognition to your Kinect for Windows apps.
Kinect for Windows Language Packs v11.0
Kinect for Windows SDK 1.8 (November 2013)
Kinect for Windows SDK 1.7 (March 2013)
Kinect for Windows SDK 1.6 (October 2012)
Kinect for Windows SDK 1.5 (May 2012)
Kinect for Windows SDK 1.0 (February 2012)
Previous toolkits and runtime code
Kinect for Windows runtime 1.8 (November 2013)
Kinect for Windows runtime 1.7 (March 2013)
Kinect for Windows runtime 1.6 (October 2012)
Kinect for Windows runtime 1.5 (May 2012)
Kinect for Windows runtime 1.0 (February 2012)
Kinect for Windows developer toolkit 1.7 (March 2013)
Kinect for Windows developer toolkit 1.6 (October 2012)
Kinect for Windows developer toolkit 1.5 (May 2012)
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