Kinect Official Windows SDK Coming in Spring

Though programmers have been tinkering with Kinect on PC for months now, Windows support for Microsoft's motion-sensing Xbox 360 controller is soon to become official.

A non-commercial Kinect Windows software development kit (SDK), intended for academics and enthusiasts will launch in spring, Microsoft has announced. "The SDK will give users access to deep Kinect system information such as audio, system application-programming interfaces, and direct control of the Kinect sensor," MS said.

As Kinect "hacks" have already used the sensor for everything from making Minecraft sculptures to interactive shop windows and even controlling robots, it should be interesting to see what happens with official support and a lower barrier to entry.

A commercial SDK will follow "at a later date."