01 Microsoft releases Kinect for Windows with version 1.0 SDK

As promised at CES early last month, Microsoft has just launched Kinect for Windows in the form of the version 1.0 Software Development Kit and a new version of the Kinect hardware that's been tweaked to better suit close range operation at the desk.

As promised at CES early last month, Microsoft has just launched Kinect for Windows in the form of the version 1.0 Software Development Kit and a new version of the Kinect hardware that's been tweaked to better suit close range operation at the desk.

01 Microsoft releases Kinect for Windows with version 1.0 SDK

At $249 for the bundled Kinect for Windows kit it does seem pretty steep when considering the fact that it's possible to just head out, buy Kinect for Xbox 360 for $99, plug that into your PC and download the SDK freely off the internet. The issue is, you won't end up with the same result due to the device being modified to suit much closer distances, right up to just 40cm away while maintaining optimal accuracy and precision.

02 Microsoft releases Kinect for Windows with version 1.0 SDK

You may not want to bite just yet given the hefty $249.99 MSRP as seen listed over at Amazon, and the other factor being that we're still waiting on developers to create some apps and games that'll hopefully wow many of us into wanting one of these things. We'll have to see how that all pans out in the coming months.

Source: Kinect for Windows Blog