Watch a Special Kinect Event Live Tomorrow. Update: Confirmed SDK Beta Launch

Channel 9, the Microsoft site for developers to share and communicate with their customers, is hosting a live Kinect event tomorrow, June 16th at 9:30am PST.

Although it isn't made clear exactly what the event is about, our best guess is that it will be regarding the Kinect SDK for the PC, and possibly showing off some applications created that may or may not be heading to Kinect Fun Labs. Whatever it is, you don't have long to wait.

Find out what time it is broadcasting in your region here. You can find the stream for the event here in 720p and you can submit questions during the event on Twitter with the #Ch9Live hashtag.

If you can't watch live, check back here tomorrow and we'll have all of the details.

Update: WinRumors is reporting that the event is to celebrate the launch of the Kinect SDK beta this week, allowing developers to finally develop Kinect applications on their PC with full support from Microsoft. The SDK will include support for:
  • Robust Skeletal Tracking for high-performance capabilities that track the skeleton image of one or two persons moving within the Kinect field of view
  • Advanced Audio Capabilities, including four-element microphone array with sophisticated acoustic noise and echo cancellation for great audio; beam formation to identify the current sound source and integration with the Windows speech recognition API also included
  • XYZ depth camera for standard color camera stream access and depth data that indicates the distance of the object from the Kinect camera
We should really start to see indie development blossoming now, and with Kinect Fun Labs giving the 360 audience a way of accessing chosen software of particular merit, this is certainly the start of something special for Kinect.

Once again, we'll keep you up to date with the latest from the event tomorrow!

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