I am pleased to confirm the release of a add-on to the Kinect SDK for Windows specifically for development in robotics.
This is a free software download, officially called the Kinect Services for RDS 2008 R3 and its now available at the Microsoft Research web site. The RDS package allows Robotic Developer Studio users to build and simulate robots with a Kinect sensor.
There is more information on the Robotics blog site, the new version is built on top of the Kinect SDK for Windows which was released as a free download earlier this year. The blog post states that you can expect to see more updates later this year. It states, "We know that there are many practical issues for applying the Kinect technologies to robotics capabilities that we will be addressing in upcoming RDS releases."
Here’s a link to of a short introduction to Kinect Service for RDS
So feel free and download the Kinect Services for RDS 2008 R3 and let us know how you get on.