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Microsoft is finally opening the Kinect SDK April 15, 2011

Posted by reto wettach in innovative interfaces, prototyping tools.

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!



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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