Microsoft has announced its plans to release a software development kit (SDK) for its Kinect motion-controller gaming console in this year. Now, this would allow third party developers to come up with their own software to create user interfaces.
“Microsoft's investments in natural user interfaces are vital to our long-term vision of creating computers that are intuitive to use and able to do far more for us. The fruits of these research investments are manifesting across many of our products, Kinect for Xbox 360 among them,” Microsoft's chief research and strategy officer, Craig Mundie was quoted as saying.
According to the company, the users will have access to Kinect system information including application-programming interfaces, audio and control the device directly. The device, since its launch, has seen several creative hackings. Now that, the offer of SDK will allow users to design customized software.
However, this is still a non-commercial starter version and Microsoft would launch the commercial version at a later date, which is not yet specified.