About Kinect for Windows

Building solutions that delight and engage customers

Kinect for Windows combines hardware, software, and a commercial license to support the development and deployment of Kinect-enabled applications and tools for computers running Windows. These technologies put the magic of natural, interactive computing into the hands of developers and businesses, enabling innovative solutions in public spaces, retail, hospitals, classrooms, research facilities, and more.

A completely new class of applications is being developed; these applications give people the ability to interact naturally with computers by simply gesturing and speaking. What can a computer do if you give it eyes, ears, and a brain? Developers and companies are using Kinect for Windows to build innovative, human-centered computing solutions that are making a real impact on people's lives. You can see some examples in our gallery.

The latest Kinect sensor and software development kit (SDK) offer greater overall precision, responsiveness, and intuitive capabilities that accelerate the development of applications that respond to movement, gesture, and voice. Improvements include increased depth fidelity, crisp 1080p HD video, more anatomically precise body tracking, an expanded field of vision, and improved infrared capabilities—not to mention the ability to create apps for commercial distribution through the Windows Store.

Kinect for Windows v2 offers more anatomically precise skeletal tracking

The newest Kinect sensor and SDK offer a more powerful and efficient development platform, providing crisp 1080p HD video, more anatomically precise skeletal tracking, an expanded field of vision, and improved infrared capabilities—not to mention the ability to create apps for the Windows Store.

Putting people first

Early computers required users to type in commands by using a text-based command line interface to perform tasks. A monumental improvement arrived with the graphical user interface (GUI), which, when coupled with a mouse, a joystick, or another controller device, enabled users to interact with a computer without using a keyboard. The natural user interface (NUI) is the latest milestone in human-computer interaction. With NUI, users can interact naturally with a computer by using gestures, movement, and voice commands to tell the computer what they want it to do.

Kinect for Windows is helping define a future in which computers are learning to anticipate and understand what people want by reading body language. You want to move a virtual object? You just grab it and move it. No need to type, swipe, or point and click. Kinect removes the layer of abstraction between humans and technology, giving people the ability to interact naturally with their computers—rather than just using their fingertips.

Turning ideas into reality

Businesses of all sizes—from startups to large corporations—are using Kinect for Windows in dozens of industries. They are developing immersive training and simulation programs, making it possible to navigate information in new ways. They are creating engaging marketing programs, inventing more effective communication tools, improving healthcare systems and therapies, and much more.

The original Kinect for Windows SDK has been downloaded more than a million times. With the release of the latest Kinect sensor and SDK, even more developers and businesses are embracing a future in which interacting with computers is intuitive, seamless, and natural.

Get the hardware

With the latest sensor and SDK, you can develop state-of-the-art applications for Windows desktop and distribution via the Windows Store.

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Download the SDK

Develop commercial apps or Windows Store apps with the SDK 2.0.

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