Kinect for Windows brings your apps to life through natural human computing. Find videos, downloads, and docs to help you start developing solutions that respond to a user's gestures and voice.
With the Kinect for Windows software development kit (SDK) 2.0, developers can build applications for commercial distribution through the Windows Store. With SDK 2.0, you can create revolutionary computing experiences that use the improved precision, responsiveness, and intuitive capabilities of the Kinect for Windows v2 sensor.
You can create Windows desktop and Windows Store applications with C++, C#, Visual Basic, or any other .NET language or Windows Store projection to create solutions that support gesture and voice recognition by using the Kinect for Windows v2 sensor and a computer or an embedded device. The integrated developer toolkit includes the Human Interface Guidelines, sample applications with full source code, Kinect Studio, and other resources to simplify and speed up application development.
Learn about building Kinect-enabled Windows Store applications
SDK 2.0 includes the driver, runtime, APIs, device interfaces, tools, and sample code that you need in order to build Kinect-enabled desktop or Windows Store applications for Windows 8, Windows 8.1, and Windows Embedded 8.
Download SDK 2.0 (22 October 2014, English)
Note: Kinect for Windows v2 sensor required
For more information, including best practices and how-to documentation, see the following resources:
SDK 2.0 release notes
2.0 API documentation (MSDN)
Human Interface Guidelines
Windows Store apps publishing guidelines
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New to Kinect for Windows v2 application development? These videos will introduce you to the basics.
Programming Kinect for Windows v2: (01) Introducing Kinect Development
Programming Kinect for Windows v2: (02) Kinect Data Sources and Programming Model
Programming Kinect for Windows v2: (06) Recording, Playback, and Gesture Recognition
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Download the SDK
SDK 2.0 delivers key features and enhancements that focus on better understanding humans, objects, and their environments.
Get the hardware
With the latest sensor and SDK, you can develop state-of-the-art applications for distribution via the Windows Store.
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