Microsoft’s Craig Mundie and Don Mattrick recently announced that the company would be releasing a non-commercial SDK for its Kinect 3D motion controller sometime this spring. Today, just seven days later, Belgian 3D interface company SoftKinetic has launched its free SDK for all depth-sensing cameras, including Microsoft’s Kinect.
“We want to expand the community of developers able to access to our professional tools and technology,” said Eric Krzeslo, Chief Strategy Officer of SoftKinetic. “We believe that opening up our cross-platform, multi-camera software to a broader community will enhance productivity and creativity, and we cannot wait to see the incredible innovations that emerge as a result.”
We first took a look at SoftKinetic’s Natural User Interface (NUI) technology back in December when the company began accepting its first participants in its content partner program; and then at CES 2011, we got to see what SoftKinetic’s iisu platform was capable of. Today, interested developers can get their hands on the iisu v.2.8 SDK for free, non-commercial use.
There is a race for free SDKs for the Kinect it seems.