Microsoft has announced its plans to release the Kinect SDK for Windows as soon as the snow thaws out this coming spring. With so many hacks for the device already going around, the release of the SDK will make even more cool hacks possible.
The Kinect might not see much use as an actual gaming device, but that doesn't prevent it from being used in much more creative and interesting ways.
According to Microsoft, the SDK will be available as a free download, providing academic researchers and hackers access to key pieces of the Kinect system such as audio technology, system application programming interfaces and direct control of the Kinect sensor.
Commercial licensing details are expected to follow shortly after the release of the software.