View Full Version : Microsoft's Kinect navigates the universe thanks to Windows SDK

April 13th, 2011, 23:13
Microsoft's WorldWide Telescope (http://www.engadget.com/2010/07/12/microsofts-worldwide-telescope-updated-with-better-views-of-mar/) -- a collaboration with NASA that explores high-resolution photos and 3D renders of the cosmos -- was already pretty cool, but Redmond upped the ante to incredible with the addition of a Kinect depth camera at MIX 11. Using a piece of software created with the company's upcoming Kinect SDK for Windows (http://www.engadget.com/2011/04/13/microsoft-details-kinect-sdk-for-windows-pc-promises-robust-sk/), Microsoft gave us a virtual tour of Earth and the surrounding stars, guided by a deep-voiced narrator holding the whole world in his hands. Of course, you'd already know that if you watched the video above, so what are you waiting for? Oh, and we've got more MIX video on the way, so stay tuned.