Microsoft today gave a sneak peak at one of the many applications that can and will be created with the official Kinect SDK, due to release tomorrow at MIX11. The demo allows users to navigate the WorldWide Telescope software using hand gestures to zoom, rotate and pan.
We have already seen many innovative Kinect "hacks" as a result of a third party solution, but the official SDK will allow Kinect owners to create and share their own software using Microsoft's support and API's. Projected onto a 10 foot display, this first demonstration goes to show how Kinect will work well outside of the desk and living room environment.
Despite the relatively simple application and use of Kinect, it is a smooth first demonstration of Kinect working well on Windows officially. Check out the MIX11 site tomorrow for more, including live streaming of the Keynote and sessions.