Microsoft today announced it has started delivering Kinect for Windows v2 Developer Preview kits to the “thousands” of developers who signed up for the $399 program. The Developer Preview includes a pre-release Kinect for Windows v2 sensor and the next release of the Kinect for Windows software development kit (SDK).
Microsoft says it received “thousands of applications” for the program and selected participants based on their “expertise, passion, and the raw creativity of their ideas.” The company is promising ongoing updates as well as access to private forums where developers can discuss what works and what doesn’t.
The best part, however, is that participants will also receive a Kinect for Windows v2 sensor when they become available “next summer.” Microsoft wouldn’t share a more specific timeframe than that.
The Kinect for Windows v2 sensor will feature the core capabilities of the new Kinect for Xbox One sensor, including an ultra wide-angle 1080p HD depth camera. The device captures RGB color video at around 30 frames per second and can even monitor the user’s heart rate.
It beats the original Kinect on almost every level, and Microsoft believes its Natural User Interface (NUI) benefits will impact multiple industries, from retail and manufacturing to healthcare, education, communications, and so on.