Starting today users can begin developing their own applications and use cases for Microsoft’s Kinect from the comfort of their computer room without the need to hack together drivers.

Using the C++, and C# coding, developers will have access to a whole host of capabilities including raw sensors streams, skeletal tracking, advanced noise suppression and echo cancellation, access to the speech recognition API, and all sorts of other documentation.

You can download the Kinect SDK along with read all the necessary documentation from Microsoft Research.