I know I am late to the announcement party but, in case you haven’t heard, Microsoft releated the Kinect for Windows SDK 1.5. This release is the second iteration of the product in only a few months which speaks volumes of the agile approach followed by the Kinect for Windows product team. The SDK contains many cool new features, here are the one I am most excited about:
· Face Tracking SDK: This component provides a real-time 3D mesh of facial features—tracking the head position, location of eyebrows, shape of the mouth, etc.
· Kinect Studio,This tool which allows developers to record and play back Kinect data, dramatically shortening and simplifying the development lifecycle of a Kinect application. Now a developer writing a Kinect for Windows application can record clips of users in the application’s target environment and then replay those clips at a later time for testing and further development.
· Near Mode Skeletal Tracking: This allows developers to create applications that track skeletal movement at closer proximity, like when the end user is sitting at a desk or needs to stand close to an interactive display.
· Joint Orientation: Kinect for Windows runtime provides Joint Orientation information for the skeletons tracked by the Skeletal Tracking pipeline. The Joint Orientation is provided in two forms: A Hierarchical Rotation based on a bone relationship defined on the Skeletal Tracking joint structure, and an Absolute Orientation in Kinect camera coordinates.
In addition to the aformentioned components, this SDK includes a lot of performance improvements in the depth and color frame stream processing. If you are interested on Kinect for Windows applications, you should definitely go check out this release.
Now I know what I am going to be doing this weekend.