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December 2012

Volume 27 Number 12

Kinect - Listening with Kinect

By Leland Holmquest | December 2012

In previous articles, I walked you through the capabilities you can tap into when developing Kinect for Windows applications. You have seen how to use the skeleton tracker, how to create test scenarios and how to enable 3D sight with the depth sensor. In this article, I explain how to use the Kinect hardware for speech recognition. Those of you who are already familiar with the Speech.Recognition library will notice many similarities between that and Microsoft.Speech, which Kinect uses, and should feel right at home. Let’s begin by looking at those two libraries.

Leland Holmquest is a senior consultant at Microsoft, providing solutions for the U.S. Army. Prior to Microsoft, he gained 15 years of federal service, including the Naval Surface Warfare Center, Dahlgren, and diplomatic security. He is earning a Ph.D. in IT at George Mason University. He is the father of two daughters and is a devoted husband. You can reach him at