“Kinect for Xbox 360 has not been hacked–in any way–as the software and hardware that are part of Kinect for Xbox 360 have not been modified. What has happened is someone has created drivers that allow other devices to interface with the Kinect for Xbox 360. The creation of these drivers, and the use of Kinect for Xbox 360 with other devices, is unsupported. We strongly encourage customers to use Kinect for Xbox 360 with their Xbox 360 to get the best experience possible.”
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”.
Microsoft, the Kinect is going to get “hacked” and “reverse engineered” and a lot of people are going to do cool things you never imagined. Kids will use this in their FIRST robotics projects, artists will turn them in to musical instruments and art. That’s the way it is, the way it always was, and will be – it’s a good thing.
Read more about our bounty for Kinect open source drivers here.