Yesterday at Engadget Expand, Microsoft announced that they will release a big update to the Kinect SDK for Windows on Monday March 18th. This update would enable both hand recognition - Kinect Interactions, and real-time 3D modeling - Kinect Fusion.
The Kinect Interactions will include push-to-press buttons, grip-to-pan capabilities, and support for smart ways to accommodate multiple users and two-person interactions. According to The Verge, the new Kinect for Windows SDK has a higher accuracy and speed than the Xbox 360.
Kinect Fusion will be an affordable tool for real-time 3D modeling. Users can just move the Kinect sensor around a person or object and Kinect Fusion fuses together multiple snapshots to create accurate 3-D models. These 3D images can then be used to enhance augmented reality, 3D printing, interior and industrial design, and body scanning etc.
Microsoft has also announced Kinect for Windows Code Samples on CodePlex. For the first time the select Kinect for Windows code samples will be available to developers through an open-source resource.
On Monday, developers will be able to download the SDK, developer toolkit, and the new and improved Human Interface Guidelines (HIG) from Kinect website.
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