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Microsoft recently released an SDK for the Kinect for Windows development. Does that mean if I go buy a Kinect, I can use it on my PC now? I'm a developer and would like to fidget around with it, but I want to make sure it will work on my PC first because I don't have an XBOX.

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Yes it will work on your PC (provided it has a USB port).

There is also an open source "SDK" with reverse engineered drivers for Windows and Linux, if the licence for the official SDK is to prohibitive (there are a lot of licence restrictions on the use of the official SDK, a commercial SDK might be released later on).

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Before the SDK dropped, Brekel did wonders for those of us dying to play with Kinect mocap data. brekel.com/?page_id=155 –  Kara Marfia Jul 22 '11 at 3:10

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