Using Kinect from XBox in Windows Applications

Posted on 2012-09-03
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I have a Kinect control that isn´t the Kinect for Windows.

I would like to know if it´s possible to use this hardware that I use with Xbox 360 for develop  computers apps.

What is the diference between regular Kinect and Kinect for Windows ?


Question by:jrthurler
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Yes, but you need to download the Beta SDK in order to use the original Kinect. I wrote an introductory article regarding this topic:  http://www.experts-exchange.com/Programming/Languages/.NET/A_6259-Getting-Your-Application-Kinect-ed.html

Note that my article talks specifically with working in a WinForms application. Many (if not all) of the examples that come with the SDK deal with WPF. In my opinion, hooking up the WPF application seems to be a bit easier (but of course you have to learn WPF--if you don't already know it!).

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Searching in internet I found some informations telling in a diference between the lens from Xbox Kinect  and Kinect for Windows. In the post I´ve read is telling that Kinnect for Xbox don´t allow the developer to use and test apps because the lens needs to have a bigger distance from the developer, instead the kinect for windows have lens that allows you to use it in a small distance.
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käµfm³d   👽 earned 1000 total points
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In order to do skeletal tracking, yes, you will need to place the Kinect at a standard distance. You can still use the regular camera up close, though. I know for the XBox Kinect they sell maginifiers which are supposed to allow you to use the Kinect in smaller spaces, but I haven't used them myself, so I cannot attest to how well they work.

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