Hacked: Xbox 360’s Kinect


Less than a week after Microsoft launched their Kinect motion detecting peripheral for the Xbox 360, someone as found a way to hack the device. Here's how it played out:

Some may remember that open source hardware developer Adafruit Industries said announced that they would pay $1,000 to the first person or group able to create an open-source driver for the peripheral.

One of the heads at Adafruit, Phillip Torrone, who also happens to be Make magazine's Senior Editor, told CNET that Adafruit is hoping that "someone will figure out how to use Kinect in education, robotics, or 'fun outside the Xbox.'" He points to "all the cool stuff people did with the Wii Remote," which was used extensively for interesting ways to control robotic arms and various other machines.

Microsoft wasn't happy about the $1,000 offer, and wrote to CNET with the following response, "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."

In response, the reward was increased to $2,000 for anyone able to create the open-source driver, and on November 7th someone was able to do it. The above video shows the hack at work. Looks pretty legit. What do you think?

As some of you may have read, we here at iSmashPhone are pretty excited about the possibilities with the technology as well. Most of it not even having to do with gaming, believe it or not. We've written about it in the past.


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