Five Coolest Kinect Hacks

January 10, 2011 Leave a comment Go to comments

“Kinect is already bringing the good times to families and booze-fuelled halls of residence, but we should spare a minute to thank the hard-working techie-types of the world, who’ve devoted themselves to cracking open Microsoft’s motion-controlled accessory and feasting on the gadgety goodness within.

Kinect has been out for less than a week, but already enterprising hackers are finding unusual ways to put the sensor bar’s 3D imaging capabilities to good use…

It all started when electronic company Adafruit Industries offered a $1,000 reward to the first person to build an open-source driver for Kinect, which would enable other l33t h4xx0rs to use Kinect for their own innovative means. Microsoft didn’t take kindly to that competition, which prompted the reward to be raised to $2,000, and then again to $3,000.

The lucky fellow to claim the prize was Hector Martin, who uploaded a YouTube video of his hacked Kinect three hours after the European launch.”


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