Microsoft Kinect v1.5 With “10-joint” Skeletal Tracking Coming Soon

After the release of Kinect for Windows hardware and SDK, Kinect for Windows team is hard at working on their next release. The v1.5 of Kinect will come with many new features.

 Among the most exciting new capabilities is Kinect Studio, an application that will allow developers to record, playback and debug clips of users engaging with their applications.  Also coming is what we call “seated” or “10-joint” skeletal tracking, which provides the capability to track the head, neck and arms of either a seated or standing user. What is extra exciting to me about this functionality is that it will work in both default and near mode!

In addition to the features, Kinect for Windows availability will be expanded to Austria, Belgium, Brazil, Denmark, Finland, India, the Netherlands, Norway, Portugal, Russia, Saudi Arabia, Singapore, South Africa, Sweden, Switzerland and the United Arab Emirates with support for voice recognition of French, Spanish, Italian, and Japanese languages.

Read more at Kinect for Windows blog.

  • Anonymous

    What they really need to introduce is a framework for gesture recognition.  Kind of like how the WP API understands touch gestures like tap, swipe, or pinch.  After playing around with the Kinect API for a bit, I was surprised to see no API for gestures.