It only took a matter of hours in the hands of intrepid developers for Microsoft’s motion-sensing device Kinect to be “hacked” – or released for use on other platforms using open source software.
Many programmers have already shown what can be done with Microsoft’s new device.
As soon as Microsoft became aware of the hacks it threatened legal action to halt the proliferation of the open source drivers but now has, according to technology site ZDNet, “backed down”.
Linux programmer Hector Martin bought his Kinect just before lunchtime on its European release date of November 10 and had created the fundamentals of the drivers before dinner.
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