When you hear about the Xbox Kinect, you probably think about interactive video games on the Xbox 360, such as Kinect Sports, Kinectimals, or Dance Central. But did you know that the Kinect, as an advanced motion sensing device, can be used for non-gaming applications such as robotics, academic research, medical use, rehabilitation centers, and sound testing? Microsoft calls this the “Kinect Effect”, and they document it here on their website: http://www.xbox.com/en-US/Kinect/Kinect-Effect
Microsoft has also produced a video advertising the “Kinect Effect”:
In February 2012, Microsoft launched the “Kinect for Windows” hardware as a Kinect that can be used on a regular Windows PC right out of the box. The Software Development Kit (SDK) is included as well. Internally, the “Kinect for Windows” is probably identical to the Xbox 360 Kinect. This kit, however, includes a proper AC adapter to power the Kinect, and includes the official Windows SDK.
CIS has purchased a “Kinect for Windows” available for immediate loan to faculty, staff, and students. If you would like to borrow it, please let the CIS Help Desk know!