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A countdown has appeared on Channel 9 live set to finish at 1800 BST on Thursday is believed to be counting down the release of the announcement of the Kinect SDK due to be released in spring of which the end is quickly approaching. A twitter account @KinectSDKTeam has also be created with only a single tweet to its name.
The Kinect SDK is set to allow Xbox’s popular peripheral to be used with a Windows machine, it is not yet know which versions will be supported but it is understood to be able to bring full functionality to the system giving developers access to not only the IR and RGB cameras but also the voice recognition software which is currently being used by the Xbox 360. It will give developers a Skeletal track tool which will allow them to track the body without having to write their own tracking code. The assumed inclusion of official Kinect drivers will hopefully mean that the current Kinect hacks will be able to utilise one single driver over all the hacks and hopefully make them more responsive and easier for a user to set up.
Join the live event tomorrow to find out more and we will try to keep you updated.
Source : Winrumors
So they did it, after months of waiting and people creating open source drivers for it, Microsoft have finally announced the long awaited news and release date for the Kinect SDK. A while ago it was posted on the App Hub forums, during the battle with indie developers over their position in the Xbox live market place, that a future update to XNA would incorporate many things, such as achievements, leader boards and further improvements, but the one bullet point that stood out most of all was the fact that XNA would incorporate the Kinect API, and with the release of the SDK we are one step further to this goal.
I say this because it has not been said in the official release that this will be incorporated into XNA or as a separate package, so we all eagerly await more news on this development, but thing will be sure, no matter the success Kinect has had in the past, it is about to receive a whole lot more.
Recently there have been various news articles reporting how an 11 year old boy managed to spend just over £1,000 on additional content via his Xbox 360 using his Mum’s debit card.
Quite a few people take advantage of the fact that you can enter your card details on your Xbox 360 to make additional content purchases easier. Downloadable Content (DLC) is one of the most popular types of purchases made through the Xbox 360 as they tend to provide new levels, equipment and characters to individual games.
Instead of realising that she may of made a mistake in letting her son use the Xbox 360 unsupervised, she decided to attack Microsoft saying “it’s too easy to make purchases from it” and that ‘When he is in gaming mode he can’t be thinking about the money. You can’t put all that responsibility on a young boy.”.
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On Twitter today Rovio have hinted at Angry Birds coming to Xbox along with Kinect support.