Microsoft Kinect Hacked? Already?!

Adafruit's $2,000 bounty for an open source Kinect driver hack was only offered up late last week and already someone has allegedly delivered, said Adafruit's Phillip Torrone in an email to us just now. This was inevitable.

Microsoft, for its part, offered up the standard boilerplate last week in an email to CNET:

"Microsoft does not condone the modification of its products," a company spokesperson told CNET. "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."

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Yeah. If the following video is legit it looks as though those security features and safeguards have been pretty busted:

Whether this video is real or not remains to be seen. If it is, Adafruit commenter "Dan" notes that the motor is probably the easiest part of Kinect to control.

For now, we've been directed to keep an eye on things over at the NUI Group forums. [NUI Group Forums via Adafruit]

DISCUSSION

MAKE2 Mifune

I think there is a legal issue because anyone developing something using a hacked Kinect API could potentially be profiting from it, without having paid for licensing.

It's a moot point though, because Kinect is gimmicky.

The best thing I could think of to take advantage of the API is to create a real life auto aimer— an automated security gun on a tripod that detects human forms, calculates their distance, and insta headshots.