Put on your coding hats! Microsoft will release a Kinect software development kit for Windows this spring. It will be a non-commercial release, and is being developed for “academic research and enthusiast communities to create even richer experiences using Kinect technology.” No more having to hack together Kinect PC support for your various exploits.
Microsoft says there will be a commercial version of the SDK, but they’ve given no details of that release as yet.
The SDK will give developers access to “audio, system APIs, and direct control of the sensor.”
I can see it now: a few months from now Microsoft will release a Kinect PC package, and you’ll be able control Windows Media Center (or other Windows media centers, like XMBC) with your flailing limbs.
Should be interesting to see what the tinkers out there come up with here.