NewsKinect for Windows Gets Windows 8 Support

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As promised, Microsoft has updated its Kinect for Windows SDK with support for Windows 8. In addition, ZDNet’s Mary Jo Foledy reported that the release offered several new features, including the following:

  • “Exposure of the infrared stream in the application programming interface (API) as a new color image format
  • Extended depth data (beyond four meters), but with reduced quality as distance increases
  • Ability to optimize color camera settings
  • Support for a new raw Bayer color image format
  • Exposure of the sensor’s accelerometer in the API
  • Support for German in the speech-recognition pack
  • Support for several new APIs for converting data between color, depth and skeleton coordinate spaces
  • Support for Windows running in a virtual machine (VM), including those from Microsoft’s Hyper-V team, VMWare, and Parallels”

Microsoft also announced that Kinect for Windows hardware would go on sale in China on the same day.

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