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$2K bounty for free/open Kinect drivers (Microsoft thinks this is illegal!)


Microsoft has just released its Kinect camera, a USB device that allows you to control your computer with gestures. It incorporates a motorized pivot, an RGB camera, depth-sensor and multi-array microphone “which provides full-body 3D motion capture, facial recognition, and voice recognition capabilities.”Open Kinect

The Adafruit Industries people are offering a $2,000 bounty to the first person to write a fully open/free set of drivers for the Kinect so that it can be used as a peripheral in other hardware projects.

The bounty started out as $1,000, but the Adafruit folks doubled it after a Microsoft spokesdrone told CNet that they would “work closely with law enforcement and product safety groups to keep Kinect tamper-resistant.”


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2 Responses to “$2K bounty for free/open Kinect drivers (Microsoft thinks this is illegal!)”

  1. Antonina Bross says:

    Played Fighters Uncaged over the weekend and it is Mortal Combat meet Kinect. Twisted my knee and am currently hobbling around office- but I cant wait to regain full use of the leg so that I can get back into the game and kick some butt :)

  2. [...] swell hackers at Adafruit Industries have declared a winner in their cash-prize contest to reverse-engineer the Microsoft Kinekt controller and release a free/open library that would let [...]

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