Video Appears to Show Kinect Hacked Already - HotHardware
Video Appears to Show Kinect Hacked Already

Video Appears to Show Kinect Hacked Already

Only a few days after the public release of Kinect, the Xbox 360 add-on has already been hacked. It just goes to show that the hacking community can do just about anything when it puts its mind to it (Apple already knows this).

In this case the impetus for hacking comes as a $2,000 bounty offered by New York-based Adafruit Industries. Adafruit believes the Kinect system is too good to be be locked to one gaming system. The video below, posted to YouTube, shows that a hacker has taken control of the Kinect motion sensing system, just released last week as a $149 add-on for the Xbox 360 video game system.

Led by Phillip Torrone, a senior editor at Make magazine and MIT Media lab alumni Limor Fried, Adafruit hasn't given up the prize yet, according to this post. If their request for an open source driver hack has been met, however, we could see the Kinect redirected to work with other game systems, robots, or the PC.

When the bounty was first announced, Microsoft said,
“Microsoft does not condone the modification of its products. With Kinect, Microsoft built in numerous hardware and software safeguards designed to reduce the chances of product tampering. Microsoft will continue to make advances in these types of safeguards and work closely with law enforcement and product safety groups to keep Kinect tamper-resistant.”
Interestingly, the bounty was $1,000 at first. After hearing of the Microsoft response, Adafruit raised it to $2,000.

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When life gives you new tech, hack it.

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It's amazing how dedicated these hackers are. We've seen the EyeToy made to work with Windows Computers. The iChat webcam partially work with windows and now the Kinect with other systems besides Microsoft? These guys want to bring everything to every possible system. Including Mac OS X.

Interesting what Microsoft is going to do to these guys, if running it on another system is illegal of course.

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Dedication over powers all, otherwise we would still be living in caves...

Taylor, i would also like to know what microsoft will make out of this... People hacking it to work with other stuff would mean more sales no? :D

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They used to say, "If you build it, they will come" and now it's that 'it will be hacked'. Wink

Microsoft can just shut up and get over it.

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Not sure why they would bring law enforcement into this...Not sure why Microsoft is so cocky about their products.  Hell, look at Sony, everything is hacked and they still make money.

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After Microsoft's continued idiotic anti-"hacking" statements, Adafruit increased the bounty to $3,000.

It was won by a guy who released code that allows the Kinect work with Linux & OpenGL. He doesn't even own an XBox 360.

http://www.adafruit.com/blog/2010/11/10/we-have-a-winner-open-kinect-drivers-released-winner-will-use-3k-for-more-hacking-plus-an-additional-2k-goes-to-the-eff/

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3vi1:
It was won by a guy who released code that allows the Kinect work with Linux & OpenGL

He said it took him 3 hrs. and was easy to do. LOL! Cool

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