Microsoft to Officially Support Kinect Modders This Spring

The Kinect SDK will be coming this spring for free. Modding the Kinect has been underway since the Kinect’s launch. Games such as Max Payne and Call of Duty 4, were reconfigured by the modding community with the device in mind.

Presidents Craig and Don Mattrick of Interactive Entertainment Business (IEB) will be behind the noncommercial SDK. Furthermore, Microsoft seems to support these attempts in terms of gaming and creativity with the device. Below is what Microsoft has stated on their blog.

Supporting this community and enabling creativity around natural user interfaces (NUI) is important to us, and our hope is that this SDK will ignite further creativity in an already vibrant ecosystem of enthusiasts. We are very excited by this announcement. Not only does it showcase our investment in this important technology trend, but it ensures that people have the tools they desire to revolutionize how people interact with technology.

The possibilities are endless. Natural and intuitive technologies such as Kinect can be more than just a great platform for gaming and entertainment. They open up enormous opportunities across a wide variety of scenarios, including addressing societal issues in areas such as healthcare and education.

Here’s to spring 2011 and what’s next in natural user interface technologies.