"Be the first to get your hands on the new Kinect for Windows sensor." The first! As of today, Microsoft has opened applications for the Kinect for Windows developer kit program, which kicks off in November of 2013. If you get in, it'll cost you $400, but you'll get two of the new Kinect sensors.
We don't even know what the technical specs on the new Kinect are yet (trust us, we've asked), but that isn't stopping Microsoft from trying to sign up devs. Here's the deal:
Can't wait for the new generation Kinect for Windows sensor? You can apply to take part in the Kinect for Windows developer kit program. This program, which begins in November 2013, will provide developers with tools and a pre-release sensor as soon as possible so they can start building new applications before general availability in 2014.The program fee will be US$399 (or local equivalent) and offers the following benefits:
- Direct access to the Kinect for Windows engineering team via a private forum and exclusive webcasts
- Early SDK access (alpha, beta, and any updates along the way to release)
- Private access to all API and sample documentation
- A pre-release/alpha sensor
- A final, released sensor at launch
Note that you have to apply for the program, and that spaces are limited. The deadline is the end of July, but we're guessing that spaces will run out way before then. The application asks you for info like your Twitter, CodePlex, and GitHub usernames, what experience you have developing for Kinect, what you plan to do with any future development and whether you'd like to make a commercial product, and 200 characters on why Microsoft should choose you.
It looks like you'll need a Windows Live account to apply; take your best shot at the link below.
Evan Ackerman is a senior editor at IEEE Spectrum. Since 2007, he has written over 6,000 articles on robotics and technology. He has a degree in Martian geology and is excellent at playing bagpipes.