According to the Microsoft Store listings in both the US and the UK, Microsoft’s second generation Kinect sensor will be launching for the PC from July 15th, priced at £159 in the UK and $199 in the US, with free delivery and returns available.
The sensor will be designed to allow developers to create voice and gesture controlled applications with the Windows software development kit 2.0, and the Kinect of course.
To do so the developer will need to get the software separately, and their apps will need to be designed for the 2nd generation Kinect specifically. Developers can already download the SDK and tools from the Windows Dev Center.
At the moment it’s unclear what developers will do with the kit, however when speaking to CVG last year, Kinect for Windows director Bob Heddle said the following:
“A new Kinect for Windows sensor and software development kit (SDK) are core to that commitment.”
“Both the new Kinect sensor and the new Kinect for Windows sensor are being built on a shared set of technologies. Just as the new Kinect sensor will bring opportunities for revolutionizing gaming and entertainment, the new Kinect for Windows sensor will revolutionize computing experiences.”
“The precision and intuitive responsiveness that the new platform provides will accelerate the development of voice and gesture experiences on computers.”