Microsoft recently made known that the latest version of the Kinect for Windows SDK has been released and is now available in China. This is good news for those developers especially in China who wish to learn the ropes of the Kinect software development.
The Chinese developers gaining access to the SDK could mean more possible enhancements. You know how these Chinese like to innovate and certainly the Kinect’s SDK have a lot of potential to improve.
This updated SDK is said to include the following:
Extended sensor data access
- Data from the sensor’s 3-axis accelerometer is now exposed in the API. This enables detection of the sensor’s orientation.
- Extended-range depth data now provides details beyond 4 meters. Extended-range depth data is data beyond the tested and certified ranges and is therefore lower accuracy. For those developers who want access to this data, it’s now available.
- Color camera settings, such as brightness and exposure, can now be set explicitly by the application, allowing developers to tune a Kinect for Windows sensor’s environment.
- The infrared stream is now exposed in the API. This means developers can use the infrared stream in many scenarios, such as calibrating other color cameras to the depth sensor or capturing grayscale images in low-light situations.
- The updated SDK used with the Kinect for Windows sensors allows for faster toggling of IR to support multiple overlapping sensors. Source