Updated Kinect For Windows SDK With Kinect Fusion Improvements And More Now Available

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Kinect SDK 1.8 for Windows now available.  It includes a number of improvements:

  • New background removal API. This “turn-key” green screening capability makes it easy to perform background replacement dynamically in your application. This new API should prove to be practical and fun.
  • 3D color capture capabilities with Kinect Fusion. Kinect Fusion enables your app to create 3D mesh models with a Kinect sensor. In the 1.8 Kinect for Windows SDK these capabilities have been augmented with realistic color texture mapping so that you can produce 3D models with realistic color. Since the new 3D printing capabilities in Windows 8.1 are engineered to support surface color, this new color capturing capability is particularly exciting.
  • Improved tracking for Kinect Fusion. Updated algorithms enable more reliable camera tracking as the Kinect sensor moves while scanning a scene. The result: a better Kinect Fusion experience and better 3D models.
  • Multi-sensor Kinect Fusion sample. A new sample app in the SDK demonstrates how to use two Kinect sensors to scan objects from multiple angles simultaneously.
  • Adaptive UI sample. This new sample in the Kinect for Windows SDK demonstrates how you can factor in user distance and screen size to optimize the scale of content in your app. With this capability your app can optimize the user interface and provide cool new user-aware adaptive experiences.
  • HTML interaction sample. If you like to write apps in HTML, this sample shows you how to implement interactions using HTML 5. Kinect for Windows just got more accessible to developers!

Source: Kinect For Windows Blog

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  • Yuan Taizong

    These things sound amazing, the Kinect 2 really has a lot of innovative features that future games could use, Microsoft didn’t make a mistake shipping it with the Xbox.

  • tomakali

    Kinect should be a part of all windows device… not just for XBox
    WP handsets
    Tablets
    PCs etc