We were all quite pumped a few weeks ago when Anki announced its plan to move beyond smartphone controlled cars into emotionally intelligent robots. At the time of the announcement Anki indicated that it would release an SDK with the inclusion of Cozmo, but until now details on what that SDK would be were sparse. Now we know, and the SDK is so jam-packed with goodies that it could turn Cozmo into the Commodore 64 of robotics — a device that changes how people interact with abstruse technology.
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Hot on the heels of Google Maps for iOS comes news that Google is releasing the SDK for iOS as well. What that means is that other app developers now have the option of integrating Google's vector-based maps into their own apps.
Apple is reportedly rejecting apps for inclusion in its App Store because they use Dropbox's software development kit.
One of the most exciting things about Microsoft's Kinect gaming peripheral (aside form Dance Central) is the awesome ways that hackers took it and used it to create really interesting and new user interfaces for engaging with technology. And now that Microsoft has officially launched an SDK that lets users create their own apps using the Kinect camera, we're wondering if any of you have downloaded it yet.
The official Kinect for Windows SDK beta is out now and available for download. It's for non-commercial use only, aimed at researchers, academics and hobbyist developers, but the download is free, and available in both 32-bit and 64-bit formats.
Xbox Kinect homebrew hacks have been neat so far, but using it as an incredibly cheap way to motion capture for an animated series? That is incredibly amazing to me.
Microsoft recently opened up Kinect to all those developers that made weird homebrew things with the advanced camera, so why shouldn't Sony? They did!