MSDN Flash - August 22, 2011 - Volume 15, Number 14

August 22, 2011 - Volume 15, Number 14
Editorial

Ronnie Saurenmann

Dear readers,

Every now and then there is a new technology showing up that makes our job as developer fun and exciting. The one that I personally enjoy a lot is the new Kinect for Windows SDK beta from Microsoft Research. Currently I’m working on a project that uses Kinect as a controller for a very large kiosk system and I must say it is a lot of fun but also quite simple and productive to work with.

  The SDK allows you to get in C++, C#, or in VB the raw sensor streams from the depth sensor, color camera and four-element microphone array. It also gives you audio processing capabilities including sophisticated acoustic noise suppression, echo cancellation and beam formation to identify the current sound source.

But the actual gem of this SDK consists in the capability to track the skeleton image of one or two people moving within the Kinect field of view, which makes it easy to create gesture-driven applications. In a very straight forward manner it gives you a collection of the skeleton joints like left hand, head, right shoulder, etc. exposing the X, Y, Z position of every joint. In a few minutes you will be able to move things on your screen based on movements that you perform in front of the Kinect.

If you want to impress your boyfriend or girlfriend or just want to have some fun learning something new, I strongly recommend to get the Kinect for Windows SDK for free and to spend a couple of hours with.

 

Kind regards,

Ronnie Saurenmann
Principal Architect – Developer Platform, Microsoft Switzerland GmbH


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