Meet Kinect for Windows

Meet Kinect for Windows

Create innovative solutions and Windows Store apps that allow users to interact naturally with computing technology.

Get the sensor and the adapter.

Explore the key features and benefits of the latest SDK and sensor.

Get Kinect for Windows essentials, downloads, and code samples to help you build Kinect-enabled solutions and apps.

Learn about hardware specs and requirements, features, set-up information, and where to get the hardware.

Find answers to common questions about Kinect for Windows hardware and development.

Working with the Kinect for Windows SDK

Build Kinect-enabled Windows Store apps

The Windows Store helps you access a broad base of potential customers for your Kinect apps, allowing you to market your solutions to millions of consumers and businesses that use computers and devices running Windows 8 or Windows 10. Use the following resources to help you build and publish your Kinect-enabled apps. With Universal Windows Platform (UWP) support, Kinect delivers sensor data to Windows apps by using the new Capture APIs. Your apps are now positioned for the greatest sales appeal.

With the Windows 10 Anniversary Update and a Kinect driver update, coming later this year, Kinect developers will gain new opportunities to incorporate Kinect for Windows into Universal Windows Platform (UWP) apps by taking advantage of the RGB, infrared (IR), and depth data captured by the Kinect sensor. A supplemental SDK that will be available later this year will provide developers with access to skeletal poses. With access to these data, Kinect developers will be able to deliver UWP apps with Kinect for Windows support to the Windows Store.

Bring your solutions to life

Developers and businesses worldwide are using Kinect for Windows in innovative and creative ways to address challenges across a wide variety of industries. For example, in retail environments, Kinect experiences enable customers to interact with products more naturally before they purchase, providing retailers with a deeper engagement with their customers. In healthcare, Kinect-enabled solutions are being developed for use in operating rooms, for physical therapy at home and in clinics, and for patient monitoring—improving a multitude of healthcare scenarios for patients and physicians while offering the potential for cost savings and better data-driven treatments.

NextStage’s software enables the tracking of a Kinect sensor’s position and rotation through three-dimensional space supporting scenarios that allow the Kinect sensor to act as a virtual production camera.

A quick look into the future at Milan Expo 2015 demonstrates how Kinect hardware and software can drive a more informed shopping experience.

The Institute of Creative Technology develops software that enables Kinect hardware to detect the symptoms of PTSD.

Featured videos

Mental therapy with Memore's Kinect app

Treatments that stimulate mental activity have emerged as one of the more promising therapeutic areas in the prevention of Alzheimer and other dementias; that is where Memore—and Kinect for Windows—come in.

Physical therapy with Kinect app 'Vera'

Brooks Rehabilitation is testing the Kinect app “Vera," developed by Reflexion, with patients who have recently had a knee or hip replacement and meet criteria to use the at-home system.

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