Meet Kinect for Windows

Kinect for Windows

Manufacturing of the Kinect sensor and adapter has been discontinued, but the Kinect technology continues to live on in products like the HoloLens, Cortana voice assistant, the Windows Hello biometric facial ID system, and a context-aware user interface.

Microsoft is working with Intel to provide an option for developers looking to transition from the Kinect for Windows platform. Microsoft will continue to provide support for the Kinect for Windows SDK via our online forums, premiere and paid technical support. As developers transition from Kinect hardware, Microsoft encourages developers to look into Intel’s RealSense depth cameras.

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.

Publish your Kinect apps to the Microsoft Store and market to millions of consumers and businesses.

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

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.

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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