The developers kit gives users access to several Kinect features. (FRED PROUSER/REUTERS)

Anyone interested in working with the kit can download it from Microsoft’s site for free.

Developers can design programs and other projects for the device as long as they don’t use it for business purposes or for profit. Developers are free to share hacks with others — whether online or on display — as long as they don’t make money using it.

An FAQ page on the Microsoft Research site said that the SDK would be licensed on the Xbox 360, Xbox 360 S and Windows. The kit includes access to the raw sensor streams from the peripheral’s cameras and microphones, skeletal tracking, audio capabilities and some sample code and documentation.

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