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Meet Kinect for Windows

Create innovative solutions and Windows Store apps that allow users to interact naturally with computing technology.

Explore the key features and benefits of the latest SDK and sensor.

Get Kinect for Windows essentials, downloads, and code samples to help you build Kinect-enabled solutions and apps.

Learn about hardware specs and requirements, features, set-up information, and where to get the hardware.

Find answers to common questions about Kinect for Windows hardware and development.

Working with the Kinect for Windows SDK

Build Kinect-enabled Windows Store apps

The Windows Store helps you access a broad base of potential customers for your Kinect apps, allowing you to market your solutions to millions of consumers and businesses that use computers and devices running Windows 8 or computers running Windows 10. You can write your apps in a variety of languages, including C# or C++ with XAML, C++ with DirectX, and JavaScript with HTML/CSS, and we’ve provided plenty of resources to help you position your Kinect-enabled apps for the greatest sales appeal.

Bring your solutions to life

Developers and businesses worldwide are using Kinect for Windows in innovative and creative ways to address challenges across a wide variety of industries. For example, in retail environments, Kinect experiences enable customers to interact with products more naturally before they purchase, providing retailers with a deeper engagement with their customers. In healthcare, Kinect-enabled solutions are being developed for use in operating rooms, for physical therapy at home and in clinics, and for patient monitoring—improving a multitude of healthcare scenarios for patients and physicians while offering the potential for cost savings and better data-driven treatments.

NextStage’s software enables the tracking of a Kinect sensor’s position and rotation through three-dimensional space supporting scenarios that allow the Kinect sensor to act as a virtual production camera.

A quick look into the future at Milan Expo 2015 demonstrates how Kinect hardware and software can drive a more informed shopping experience.

The Institute of Creative Technology develops software that enables Kinect hardware to detect the symptoms of PTSD.

Featured videos

Mental therapy with Memore's Kinect app

Treatments that stimulate mental activity have emerged as one of the more promising therapeutic areas in the prevention of Alzheimer and other dementias; that is where Memore—and Kinect for Windows—come in.

Physical therapy with Kinect app 'Vera'

Brooks Rehabilitation is testing the Kinect app “Vera," developed by Reflexion, with patients who have recently had a knee or hip replacement and meet criteria to use the at-home system.

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