With their flying robots, surgical avatars, and titty-obscuring simulators, there's no doubt that Kinect hackers are awesome. Unfortunately, in order to be a Kinect hacker, one's nerd rating has to be off the charts, and therefore out of reach of normal girlfriend-having, daylight-seeing people. Well, no more! Soon Microsoft will release a Kinect Software Development Kit for the everyman.
Gizmodo reports that the software will let hackers use their Windows Phone 7 to allow them to create their own Kinect-based "apps."
The goal of the new SDK, coming this spring, is to "meet the needs of higher-level people who don't care how the camera works" but just have an amazing idea of what they wanna do with Kinect, says Microsoft's head brain Craig Mundie. The SDK will provide drivers and libraries that live above the raw data, allowing devs to fully tap the RGB camera, mic array, and motors that move Kinect around.
Microsoft also has more on its embracing of hackers and their free labor here.
Watch Microsoft's enormously cheesy video about Windows Phone/Kinect integration below: