PC developers looking to fiddle around with Microsoft's Kinect
peripheral just got a big gimme. Microsoft has released 22 different samples of Kinect for Windows code under an open source licensing agreement, meaning you're free to tinker away
to your heart's content – just don't try to pass it off as your own.
What makes this different than the previously widely available software development kit
? Microsoft says it has issued these samples for the sake of convenience, allowing fledgling flailers access to bite-sized segments designed for specific functionality and lessons that don't require a lengthy download of the full SDK. Convenient
Kinect for Windows officially launched
on February 1, available now for a suggested retail price of $250 – though some retailers like Amazon and Newegg have it listed on the lower side of $200.