Microsoft has officially released a beta version of the Kinect for Windows SDK.
Designed for non-commercial purposes, the programming toolkit is aimed at academic and hobbyist application developers.
Offering Kinect capabilities to developers who build applications with C++, C#, or Visual Basic by using Microsoft Visual Studio 2010, it includes drivers, rich APIs for raw sensor streams and human motion tracking, audio capabilities, installation documents, sample code and resource materials.
Microsoft said the complete installer size is less than 100 MB, allowing developers to get up and running quickly with a regular standalone Kinect sensor unit.
The firm announced it would officially support PC development of Kinect in February, a response to the homebrew and academic communities' interest in the device after the Xbox 360 motion sensor was hacked shortly after its release last November.