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Microsoft is finally opening the Kinect SDK April 15, 2011

Posted by reto wettach in innovative interfaces, prototyping tools.
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Still being at the Microsoft Software Summit in Paris we are of course talking about the big news from Las Vegas: At MIX11 Microsoft announced that the SDK will be open for PCs. And actually they gave away a kinect-camera to all attendees – I am so jalous… 🙂

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Check out the nice presentation and the great work of German students Stephan Huver and Michael Zöllner, who demonstrate “Navi”, a Kinect-based tools, which allows visually impaired to feel their surounding, in this video.

I guess we will have to experiment with this in one of my upcoming classes…

What I am a little surprise is one sentence in the announcement:

“This SDK is intended for non-commercial use to enable experimentation in the world of natural user interface experiences, with new state-of-the-art features planned for future releases that will continue to provide new ways to experiment.”

Why only for non-commercial use? Did they not understand the power of communities? Do I really want to teach a tool to my students, where they cannot do commercial work with? Does anyone want to explore Kinect under such a licence? I think this is ridiculous and I hope that Microsoft will change this part of the SDK!

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1. Joe - April 15, 2011

Come on. This obviously just means that you will have to negotiate a different (and, in all likelihood, payed) license if you want to to make commercial use of the SDK. That’s standard practice!

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