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Developing with Kinect for Windows

Use the Kinect for Windows development tools to interact with Kinect hardware to create exciting new interactive experiences and make them available as Windows apps.

Find the Windows tools you need—whether you're building classic Kinect for Windows applications or Store apps for Windows 8, 8.1, Windows Embedded 8, and now Windows 10.

Develop Kinect-enabled applications with confidence with the Kinect for Xbox One sensor. You can connect a Kinect for Xbox One sensor to your PC or tablet by using the Kinect Adapter for Windows.

Learn how to implement different Kinect features and more about tools, like Kinect Studio, that support your development experience.

Kinect Studio

Kinect for Windows SDK 2.0

Build desktop applications for Windows 10 or sell your Kinect v2 applications as Windows apps in the Windows Store to take advantage of unique Windows Runtime features and expand distribution of your app through the Windows Store.

Key features

Feature Benefits Potential applications

Improved body, hand and joint orientation

With the ability to track as many as six people and 25 skeletal joints per person—including new joints for hand tips, thumbs, and shoulder center—and improved understanding of the soft connective tissue and body positioning, you get more anatomically correct positions for crisp interactions, more accurate avateering, and avatars that are more lifelike.

New and better scenarios in fitness, wellness, education and training, entertainment, gaming, movies, and communications.

Windows Store support

You can now create Kinect enabled Windows apps using familiar Windows Runtime components.

You can list and sell your Kinect enabled Windows apps in the Windows Store.

Unity Pro support

For more than just gaming, Unity Pro offers cross-platform rapid prototyping.

Build and publish apps by using tools that you already know across multiple platforms.

Powerful tooling

Kinect Studio provides enhanced recording and playback, and Visual Gesture Builder lets developers build their own custom gestures that the system recognizes and uses to write code by using machine learning, increasing productivity and cost efficiency.

Develop on the go without the need to bring the Kinect sensor with you. Create custom gestures that decrease the time to prototype and test solutions.

Advanced facial tracking

Resolution is 20 times greater, enabling the application to create a mesh of more than 1,000 points for a more accurate representation of a person’s face.

Build avatars that appear more lifelike.

Simultaneous multi-app support

Improved multi-app support enables multiple applications to access a single sensor simultaneously.

For example, by allowing a retail app and a business intelligence app to access the same sensor, you can get business intelligence in real time in your retail space.

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