Just a quick recap to make myself feel better after such a struggle for 1 day and hopes it does some help to those who tries to bring Kinect For Windows work under Linux, here Ubuntu especially.
Kinect for Windows, not Kinect for XBox, so this post is kind of limited to some senarios. And I’m currently using Kinect For Windows Version 1, not the fasion V2.
A simple Kinect kernel driver which has been integrated in the driver, and works by default on my Ubuntu. Think V4L or UCV, this driver allows you to access the RGB and depth frames from Kinect. See Getting up and running with the Kinect in Ubuntu 12.04. Note however the author is using a Kinct for XBox.
While, open source Kinect SDK supported by PrimeSense?
Verify & Install
Try Something Cool
Why not play with RGBDSLAM?