Earlier this week I traveled to Microsoft’s Mountain View campus to play with the company’s new Kinect sensor. While there I met with a few of the team’s engineers to discuss how they had built the new device.
Up front, two things: The new Kinect sensor is far cooler than I expected.
Kinect Fusion, the Microsoft Research project which uses the Kinect sensor to create 3D models of objects and environments, will be made available in the Kinect for Windows SDK, Microsoft announced today.
A fair few people have been fiddling with the Kinect since it was launched, finding ways of putting it to work with hardware other than the Xbox 360. Microsoft is now preparing to release an official Kinect for Windows SDK.
Microsoft changes its stance on “hacking” the Xbox 360’s new Kinect motion controller, saying that taking and interpreting the output from a USB connection is not hacking, whereas breaking into the Kinect’s algorithms or making physical hardware changes is.