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Microsoft L6M-00001 Kinect for Windows Sensor
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5 out of 5 eggs If you have the money... 02/18/2012

This review is from: Microsoft L6M-00001 Kinect for Windows Sensor

Pros: Easy to install, works with the few SDK samples available. The Xbox 360 Kinect also works with the SDK samples so long as you have the powered USB adapter with the slim version Xbox sensor it works fine. A Microsoft Kinect Sensor Power Supply is $35 at the MS Store but knock offs are much less buyer beware of damaging your sensor. I did not try the older models sensors but they too are supposed to work. Mid 2012 MS is supposed to begin disabling the game Kinect Sensors from working with the Windows SDK (and probably the OpenKinect stuff as well) So then you will have to buy this one or an older game sensor without Near Mode.

Cons: A bit expensive for the only addition to the standard sensor "Near Mode" that currently appears to only gives you one large point between your chest and head. Hand tracking or upper body tracking not implemented yet. In the future I am sure more sophisticated tracking will be added (or I have just not found it yet) You can do everything in the current SDK samples with the much cheaper XBox 360 sensor until mid year when MS will no longer allow them to work with Windows. Also there are conflicting installation instructions. What worked for me: Uninstall all old Kinect and speech drivers then install the SDK version 1 which includes everything all (samples drivers and all) in one install. Then all works well.

Other Thoughts: The few crude examples are not too much to get excited about. There appears to be much more powerful abilities when using the OpenKinect software (openkinect.org) and other hackers who have published their work. google "Teaching Kinect to recognize objects" or "Kinect 3D Scanning" to see more advanced uses of the Kinect device. Warning don't programatically move the sensor's ElevationAngle very often or for any length of time, you can burn the motor out in the Kinect. It draws some hefty current.

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