The official Windows 10 Driver for the Kinect v2 now available

Kinect for WindowsThe official Windows 10 Driver for the Kinect v2 is now available for download and it is now part of Windows  Update. You can go to the Device Manager and update the driver for the Kinect sensor. In addition to enabling the new UWP APIs, the new driver also lets you use the Kinect color camera as a normal webcam. Also, you can use the Kinect sensor to enable Windows Hello for authentication via facial recognition. Microsoft has also released code samples related to Kinect for Windows UWP APIs.

First, by popular demand, the code that Alex Turner used during his Channel 9 video is now available on GitHub as part of the Windows universal samples. With this sample, you can use Windows.Media.Capture.Frames APIs to enumerate the Kinect sensor’s RGB/IR/depth cameras and then use MediaFrameReader to stream frames. This API lets you access pixels of each individual frame directly in a highly efficient way.

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