As promised, Microsoft has started shipments of the Kinect for Windows v2 hardware and it also released a public preview of its SDK so developers can get to work making applications for the motion gesture and voice capture-based device.
The sensor, based on the one that was made for the Xbox One console, contains a number of improvements compared to the original Kinect for Windows device, including improved skeletal tracking, better depth fidelity,a bigger field of view and more.
The new 2.0 version of the Kinect for Windows SDK includes better skeletal, hand, and joint orientation, improvements in face tracking and lots more. Microsoft plans to release the final version of the SDK in the next few months and when that happens developers will be able to submit their Kinect apps to the Windows Store for publication.
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