Microsoft is expected to release Kinect for Windows SDK 1.7 this Monday, March 18th, and the SDK brings with it the long awaited Kinect Fusion.
"Kinect for Windows SDK 1.7 will be made available this coming Monday, March 18. This is our most significant update to the SDK since we released the first version a little over a year ago, and I can’t wait to see what businesses and developers do with the new features and enhancements. On Monday, developers will be able to download the SDK, developer toolkit, and the new and improved Human Interface Guidelines (HIG) from our website," Microsoft stated in an official blog post. Kinect Fusion pulls depth data from the sensor and constructs a highly detailed 3D map of objects or environments. "This has been a wonderful example of collaboration between Microsoft Research and our product group. We have worked shoulder-to-shoulder over the last year to bring this technology to our customers. The deep engagement that we have maintained with the original research team has allowed us to incorporate cutting edge research, even beyond what was shown in the original Kinect Fusion paper," Microsoft's Kinect for Windows Senior Program Manager Chris White stated. The new SDK comes with OpenCV and MATLAB Samples, and Kinect Interactions tools for those who wish to develop the Kinect around their business. Kinect for Windows SDK 1.7 will be available at the download link below beginning Monday March 18th.