Kinect SDK and Windows 8

Microsoft Kinect SDK is claimed to work under Windows 8.

Well, before you run-off starting to develop your next Kinect multi-touch experience for the Windows 8 UI, it is important that you know that there are limitations to that.

Although using the latest Kinect SDK driver, released October 2012, you can develop and run apps under the Windows 8 operating system, it only works for developing traditional desktop apps, meaning what you would call “Windows 7 apps” and not what is called: “Windows Store apps”, also formerly known as “Metro-style apps”.

The Kinect libraries are not compatible with Windows Store apps and therefore you cannot add a reference to a legacy library that works against the Kinect SDK. Visual Studio 2012 prompts you with an error message saying: “Unable to add reference”.

I’m currently working on a work-around that may enable a small portion of the Kinect features in Windows Store apps and will surely update when I come-up with something.

Latest Kinect SDK information and download to be found here: http://www.microsoft.com/en-us/kinectforwindows/develop/new.aspx

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Posted on November 27, 2012, in Uncategorized and tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 1 Comment.

  1. Hi, there’s a discussion on LinkedIn in the Kinect Developers Group which you might find interesting: http://www.linkedin.com/groups/Kinect-Windows-Store-app-3970621.S.186206091?qid=b74e8c18-cb56-46c9-8224-b6bbb3bbd82a&trk=group_most_popular-0-b-ttl&goback=%2Egmp_3970621

    Check at least out kinectservice.codeplex.com
    Regards, Anton

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