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Kinect for Windows SDK 2.0

The Kinect for Windows Software Development Kit (SDK) 2.0 enables developers to create applications that support gesture and voice recognition, using Kinect sensor technology on computers running Windows 8, Windows 8.1, and Windows Embedded Standard 8.

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    275.8 MB

    What's new?

    This release introduces support for the Kinect for Windows v2 sensor, and introduces a broad range of capabilities for developers.

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    The Kinect for Windows SDK 2.0 includes the following:
    • Drivers for using Kinect v2 sensors on a computer running Windows 8 (x64), Windows 8.1 (x64), and Windows Embedded Standard 8 (x64)
    • Application programming interfaces (APIs) and device interfaces
    • Code samples

  • Supported Operating Systems

    Embedded 8 Standard, Windows 8, Windows 8.1

    • Recommended Hardware Configuration
      • 64-bit (x64) processor
      • 4 GB Memory (or more)
      • Physical dual-core 3.1 GHz (2 logical cores per physical) or faster processor
      • USB 3.0 controller dedicated to the Kinect for Windows v2 sensor*
      • DX11 capable graphics adapter**
      • A Microsoft Kinect v2 sensor, which includes a power hub and USB cabling

      * If you're adding USB 3.0 functionality to your exisiting PC through a USB 3.0 host controller adapter, please ensure that it is a Windows 8 compliant device and that it supports Gen-2. See the release notes for additional information regarding USB 3.0 compatibility.
      ** For the current list of good known adapters click here

    • Software Requirements
      • Visual Studio 2012 or Visual Studio 2013
  • To install the Kinect for Windows SDK 2.0:
    1. Make sure the Kinect sensor is not plugged into any of the USB ports on the computer.
    2. From the download location, double-click on KinectSDK-v2.0_1409-Setup.exe
    3. Once the Kinect for Windows SDK has completed installing successfully, ensure the Kinect sensor is connected to the power hub and the power hub is plugged into an outlet. Plug the USB cable from the power hub into a USB 3.0 port on your computer. Driver installation will begin automatically.
    4. Wait for driver installation to complete. You can verify that installation has completed by launching Device Manager and verifying that "KinectSensor Device" exists in the device list. Note:On first plugin, the firmware on the device will be updated. This may result in the device enumeration happening several times in the first minute.
    5. Installation is now complete.
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