SDK made available for free.
Microsoft has announced that it has built a specialized version of its Kinect SDK to power the motion camera in the field of robotics development. The software, called Kinect Services for RDS (no, not Skynet), is now available through Microsoft’s Research website for free.
On its official blog, Microsoft states, “A few years ago, we recognized that the dawn of robotics in the consumer market was coming, and asked ourselves how we could drive the technologies that will make robotics relevant to the consumer market. There is very interesting and exciting work that is taking place in academia, research, community, and among many start-ups. We didn’t want to replicate these efforts, so we decided to focus on leveraging Microsoft’s vast portfolio of technologies, and the brainpower of Microsoft Research to develop capabilities, scenarios, and experiences that are necessary to push Robotics over the last “hump” to become part of our everyday lives.”
Kinect was released as an add-on for Microsoft’s current-gen home console the Xbox 360. While the peripheral has failed to pickup among the core audience (though it has done incredibly well in terms of sales), Kinect has seen more success among enthusiasts and coders who have put the technology through some amazing uses. An example can be found here.