Kinect for Windows is getting a big SDK update on March 18th to version 1.7 — Redmond’s calling it “our most significant update to the SDK since we released the first version” — which includes the long awaited 3D object scanning application Kinect Fusion. Microsoft took to Engadget’s Expand stage today to unveil the features of the SDK update, which included live demos of both Kinect Fusion and Interactions; Fusion creates live 3D models of both people and objects, while Interactions adds a whole variety of recognizable gestures to the Kinect for Windows SDK (“push-to-press buttons, grip-to-pan capabilities, and support for smart ways to accommodate multiple users and two-person interactions,” says Microsoft). Microsoft’ also adding code samples to its Kinect for Windows development site (CodePlex), making this the first such code from Microsoft available in an open-source channel. We’ll have demo videos of the new Kinect for Windows SDK features for you as soon as we can.

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By Ben Gilbert