On Thursday of last week, we launched the Kinect for Windows SDK Beta. In case you missed it, the entire Kinect launch event was recorded and is now posted at https://channel9.msdn.com/Events/KinectSDK/BetaLaunch.
Finally, check out the main Kinect page at http://research.microsoft.com/kinectsdk. It contains a great overview of the Kinect features, documentation and code walkthroughs, and forums for asking questions, getting answers, and providing feedback to the team.
Kinect SDK download: http://research.microsoft.com/en-us/um/redmond/projects/kinectsdk/download.aspx
Coding4Fun Kinect Toolkit (a handy developer API for Windows Forms and WPF, for things like converting a byte array to a bitmap or getting the distance of a particular pixel in one line of code): http://c4fkinect.codeplex.com/
Kinect Beta Launch On-Demand Sessions: https://channel9.msdn.com/Events/KinectSDK/BetaLaunch
- My favorite session during the launch was Programming The Kinect for Windows SDK Beta with Dan Fernandez & Gavin Jancke.
Kinect for Windows Quickstarts: https://channel9.msdn.com/series/KinectSDKQuickstarts (NOTE: you can also download all of the zipped Quickstart videos from http://files.ch9.ms/coding4fun/KinectForWindowsSDKQuickstarts.zip):
- Installing and Using the Kinect Sensor: https://channel9.msdn.com/Series/KinectSDKQuickstarts/Understanding-Kinect-Hardware
- Setting up your Development Environment: https://channel9.msdn.com/Series/KinectSDKQuickstarts/Getting-Started
- Skeletal Tracking Fundamentals: https://channel9.msdn.com/Series/KinectSDKQuickstarts/Skeletal-Tracking-Fundamentals
- Camera Fundamentals: https://channel9.msdn.com/Series/KinectSDKQuickstarts/Camera-Fundamentals
- Working with Depth Data: https://channel9.msdn.com/Series/KinectSDKQuickstarts/Working-with-Depth-Data
- Audio Fundamentals: https://channel9.msdn.com/Series/KinectSDKQuickstarts/Audio-Fundamentals
Kinect for Windows SDK VB Samples: http://files.ch9.ms/coding4fun/KinectSDKSamplesVB.zip
Coding4Fun Kinect Project Gallery: https://channel9.msdn.com/coding4fun/kinect/
- Light Saber project (augmented reality WPF C# application with XNA that adds a Sith light saber to your left hand): https://channel9.msdn.com/coding4fun/kinect/Of-course-our-first-Kinect-for-Windows-SDK-Project-has-to-involve-a-Light-Saber
- Jellybean project (Kinect-enabled drivable lounge chair): https://channel9.msdn.com/coding4fun/kinect/Jellybeans-are-not-just-for-breakfast-anymore
- Mouse Cursor project (use the Kinect skeletal tracking feature to move the mouse cursor with your hands): https://channel9.msdn.com/coding4fun/kinect/Kinect-Mouse-Cursor
- Kinect Paint project (skeleton tracking application that allows you to become the paint brush): https://channel9.msdn.com/coding4fun/projects/Kinect-Paint