Microsoft to launch Kinect SDK for commercial users
While an SDK already exists for the Kinect it's mainly focused at enthusiasts and students who are using the features in relation to a University or College course, now though businesses can get in on the action
Microsoft is set to launch a commercial SDK for Kinect in early 2012 allowing businesses and other commercial enterprises the access they need to create tailor-made software using Kinect.
While this sounds very drab it has some major implications for us as a consumer, it means that companies and major businesses will be able to create third-party software which utilises the motion-tracking features of Kinect and then use the system for anything that suits their needs. This can be from a boardroom which uses Kinect to help a person through a PowerPoint to advanced robotics and control mechanisms using just your body.
Of course we'll have to wait and see what they cook up but considering some of the ideas that have already come out of Microsoft's 'Skunk works' it's certainly an area that should produce some exciting propositions.
What do you think, can Kinect be useful in a business environment or is it just a toy? Let us know what you think via the comments box below...