Folks who want to connect their Kinect to their PCs can now use specially-designed hardware to add real-time, 3D tracking to programs, games, and research projects. Using the Kintect SDK hackers can add the Kinect to nearly any hardware.
Improvements include a new “Near Mode” that allows for objects at about 50 centimeters away from the sensor to register in 3D space, the first step to adding Kinect functionality to a desktop computer.
Microsoft also announced the Kinect Accelerator, a software startup incubator that will give 10 companies $20,000 each and the chance to pitch their idea to investors.
No pricing or availability yet, but I’m definitely intrigued. You can read more here.