Seeing as how the hacking community has embraced the Kinect platform, it is no surprise that Microsoft wanted to get in on the action too. The company is preparing the official, non-commercial Kinect for Windows SDK for release this spring. This will help advance the work that has already been done by hackers, researchers and even musicians.
The project is apparently a collaboration between Microsoft Research and IEB. It is aimed at giving “academic researchers and enthusiasts access to key pieces of the Kinect system – such as the audio technology, system application programming interfaces and direct control of the Kinect sensor itself.”
There’s one catch, though: the SDK can only be used for non-commercial purposes. So, if you’re looking to make games or other commercial software, you better contact Microsoft.