Opening up Kinect SDK 'can revolutionise industries'

Opening up Kinect SDK 'can revolutionise industries'
Craig Chapple

By Craig Chapple

November 1st 2011 at 11:34AM

Development kit due for commercial release early next year says Microsoft

Microsoft is to roll out the full version of the Kinect for Windows SDK with its new commercial program early next year, a scheme which could “potentially revolutionise entire industries”, the company has announced.

The Kinect for Windows program will give businesses the tools to develop applications for their own operations, which the current version does not allow for.

Microsoft claimed opening up the Kinect device could “potentially revolutionise entire industries”.

More than 200 businesses worldwide, such as Toyota, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt and Razorfish have joined the Windows pilot program to begin exploring its commercial possibilities.

Vice president at digital agency Razorfish, Jonathan Hull, told Kotaku: "We are pretty excited about the commercial program.

"We do a lot of custom digital experiences for our clients. We're looking at Kinect to be one of the pillars. We are really happy to see official support for commercial applications with our clients."

The Kinect for Windows SDK Beta, released in June earlier this year, is currently available as a free download from the Microsoft Research website for non-commercial use only.

The motion sensor device was launched last November and has since sold ten million units, also breaking the Guinness World Record for the fastest-selling consumer electronics device in 60 days.