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Beginning Kinect Programming with the Microsoft Kinect SDK (Expert's Voice in Microsoft) 2012th Edition
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A little on my background and qualifications for reviewing this book: I am the Technical Director of the InfoStrat Advanced Technology Group and have extensive experience with the Kinect SDK, OpenNI, and libfreenect (as the founder of the OpenKinect community, no less.) I have developed Kinect applications professionally since Kinect for Xbox was released, and before that, natural user interface (NUI)/multi-touch applications since 2008. I read this book with an eye out for any technical inaccuracies with respect to Kinect SDK features or best practices and found none. While I am not in the target audience of Kinect SDK beginners, I felt this book is very appropriate for that audience.
* The authors' writing style is professional, engaging, and interesting to read.
* The book accurately covers all features in the Kinect for Windows SDK. After finishing this book, readers will be able to understand what the Kinect sensor and Kinect SDK can and cannot do, and will be able to start developing applications of their own design.
* There are plenty of code samples covering each topic.Read more ›
I will say that some of the example code isn't perfect and has errors....BUT, that is because the Microsoft Kinect SDK changed since the book was published. Anyone who has used Visual Studio in the past should be able to find and fix any issues fairly quickly on their own.
BUT, a book that deals with computer vision, color, and depth streams should be color printed not monochrome (black and white). I bought the book after a saw the PDF example on the publisher's website. The PDF version is in color and all the examples are clear. Also the example codes when I first downloaded them from the publishers website (which are free) they were done using the beta SDK version and the book is discussing the new alpha SDK V1.0, I was a bit confused. I haven't checked lately if it was updated or not.
I would recommend buying the PDF version. Cheaper, in color and easy to copy and paste the code if you want.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Two things first the code examples are way off base. At least in the e-book version the code examples could be updated. The DepthFrame code is waayy off base. Read morePublished on January 22, 2014 by sameer handa
As I write this, the published SDK for the Kinect for Windows is version 1.8 and the book and all of the samples are written for version 1.5. Read morePublished on January 9, 2014 by Jim Kinter
It's great and fun!! Learn and maximize experience with the Microsoft Kinect for hours and hours of fun!! Simply great!! Thanks!!!Published on January 30, 2013 by OFPR
I hate it! This book assumes you already know how to program the Kinect (yes,very ironic). The author refers to steps like "initialize", set the methods.. Read morePublished on December 14, 2012 by Purchasing Monkey
This book is helpful for beginners who have some background for programming. I don't have any C# experience before, but I can still manage most of chapters and acquire the ways to... Read morePublished on August 13, 2012 by YC