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Microsoft launches Kinect SDK for Windows beta

Microsoft has made the Kinect for Windows SDK beta available for download.

The software, which provides acces to raw data steams generated by the devices huge array of sensors available here.

There are also hundreds of pages of documentation available including quick-start tutorials and sample projects.

The SDK allows skeletal tracking of two users at a time and has advanced audio capabilities with its four microphones.

It also includes an easy installer for Windows 7 but Microsoft is at pains to point out that this is a free non-commercial beta and, as such, will probably have more than a few wrinkles.

Microsoft also hinted that a commercial version of the SDK may become available at a later date.

And finally, for those of you who missed the live launch... it was terrible. Typical half-arsed Microsoft cheapskatery.