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Thursday, 11 November 2010 09:07

Kinect open source driver arrives

Written by David Stellmack
microsoft

Has been released for what it is worth
As expected, the first open source drivers for the Microsoft Kinect that allow it to be used with a PC have been released. A developer by the name of Hector Martin is the author of the driver.

Right now the driver allows access to Kinect once it is connected to the PC, but for what it is worth it does little more than that. To do more with the driver you are going to need some made programming skills or wait till the Kinect Software Development Kit (SDK) arrives.

The Kinect SDK is being developed by the NUI Group, and of course, it isn’t Microsoft approved. The SDK’s development is being funded by monetary donations and once these donations reach a certain level it will then be released to the public.

Currently, the Kinect driver for the PC does little more than display what it sees using the RGB and depth-sensing camera feeds. Right now it really does little that is useful and it will need additional software. The driver, however, is the first necessary step. We will have to wait and see what happens next.

You can download the Kinect PC Driver here.


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+1 #1 NickThePrick 2010-11-11 09:53
Thats great news! I didn't even think of the possibility to get this on the PC. Heck, maybe MS will release this thing for PC just like that Xbox controller.
I've been tired of mouse and keyboard for a while now, except for FPS/RTS of course.
 
 
+2 #2 Dracusis 2010-11-11 17:41
The biggest benefit of this is in the experiential media space. By that I mean bored university students and researchers who can get credit for building crazy ass shit using this kind of tech.

Well, universities is where motion gaming came from to begin with. Playstation Eye-Toy like stuff was being made at universities some 10 years before Sony boxed and tagged it, same with motion and gestural technology used in the Wii. However, once cheap off-the-shelf tech is available it opens up the field to artists and more liberal thinkers and is no longer the sole turf of engineering and info sciences.

This is the transitional stage where the more interesting and imaginative applications of "new" technology come from.
 

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