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In the current roadmap, there are several pieces of distributable software that we will produce:

OpenKinect Drivers & API

The drivers include all code necessary to activate, initialize, and communicate data with the Kinect hardware. This code will be cross-platform and run on Windows, Linux, and OS X. The drivers will expose an API for C/C++ and managed code (C#).

The current development effort in the main repository is for this distributable.

OpenKinect Processing Library

Final name TBD

This library communicates with the OpenKinect API and processes the raw information into more useful abstractions. The initial featureset has not been determined, but anything related to the following ideas would go into this library:

  • hand tracking
  • skeleton tracking
  • other depth processing
  • 3D audio isolation coning?
  • audio cancellation (perhaps a driver feature?)
  • Point cloud generation
  • Inertial movement tracking with the built in accelerometer or an attached WiiMote
  • 3d reconstruction
  • GPU acceleration for any of the above

Clearly this is a large effort and requires cross-discipline coordination with academic experts, developers, testers, and users. It will also take many months or years to complete this effort, if it ever is completed. It will go faster if you help contribute!

OpenKinect Apps

This includes sample code, tech demos, and any out-of-the-box applications we decide to build and include.