Linked by Thom Holwerda on Fri 19th Nov 2010 23:21 UTC
Games Ah, Microsoft's Kinect. Now that the technology has been released into the wild, one thing becomes clear: hackers and programmers love it. It's already been hacked to work on Linux and the Mac, and the first interesting hobby projects are starting to appear. Since Microsoft has already stated it's selling Kinect at a profit, I'm going to make a bold statement: Microsoft is loving the hackery. Update: Turns out I was right - Microsoft has stated that Kinect was left open by design.
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Are you sure about that?
by robojerk on Sat 20th Nov 2010 00:35 UTC
robojerk
Member since:
2006-01-10

Kinect Hack Makes Microsoft Angry, Deny its Existence
http://www.pcworld.com/article/210496/kinect_hack_makes_microsoft_a...

If MS is happy now, it's because they know they can't stop the hacking community and see that they're actually doing cool things with it.

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RE: Are you sure about that?
by Thom_Holwerda on Sat 20th Nov 2010 00:42 in reply to "Are you sure about that?"
Thom_Holwerda Member since:
2005-06-29

They have to disapprove to ward off possible claims if someone like blows up his Kinect in the process.

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RE[2]: Are you sure about that?
by Morgan on Sat 20th Nov 2010 13:49 in reply to "RE: Are you sure about that?"
Morgan Member since:
2005-06-29

Not to mention keeping investors and shareholders happy.

Just like antivirus companies who publicly denounce virus writing black hats as criminals, but within the company walls they are quite happy that the black hats are keeping them in business.

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RE: Are you sure about that?
by jhominal on Sat 20th Nov 2010 04:27 in reply to "Are you sure about that?"
jhominal Member since:
2009-07-07

I would have replied that too, but…

http://news.cnet.com/8301-13772_3-20023455-52.html

"Microsoft reverses course, says Kinect left open by 'design'"

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lemur2 Member since:
2007-02-17

I would have replied that too, but…

http://news.cnet.com/8301-13772_3-20023455-52.html

"Microsoft reverses course, says Kinect left open by 'design'"


Very mixed messages from Microsoft re: Kinnect

http://www.adafruit.com/blog/2010/11/19/microsoft-now-says-its-insp...

The story so far:
first:
MICROSOFT: “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”.


second:
MICROSOFT: “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.”


latest:
Kinect interface was left unprotected ‘by design” and they’re “inspired’ by community finding new uses.”


http://twitter.com/scifri/status/5722901688877056

Funny. ;)

PS: None of these pronouncements actually contradict one another, but they still managed to sound like they have totally back-flipped.

Edited 2010-11-21 10:38 UTC

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RE: Are you sure about that?
by Valhalla on Sat 20th Nov 2010 06:43 in reply to "Are you sure about that?"
Valhalla Member since:
2006-01-24

Kinect Hack Makes Microsoft Angry, Deny its Existence
http://www.pcworld.com/article/210496/kinect_hack_makes_microsoft_a...

That strikes me more as a knee-jerk reaction on Microsofts side. Probably someone thought it was a modification of the x360 kinect software. While I'm not so sure Microsoft actually makes money on this device (atleast not in the short run) I think they recognize the publicity that comes along with this will get more eyeballs on Kinetic in general which is of course great for them.

As a geek, I think it's really cool and I hope we see some interesting/useful tools to tap into the capacity this device holds. The wii remote was hacked and there was a flurry of stuff playing around with it but this device is imo WAAAAY cooler and I'm really looking forward to seeing what people can come up with. Being interested in 3d I'm already seeing discussions of using it as a poor-man's mocap device.

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RE[2]: Are you sure about that?
by JAlexoid on Sat 20th Nov 2010 16:47 in reply to "RE: Are you sure about that?"
JAlexoid Member since:
2009-05-19

While I'm not so sure Microsoft actually makes money on this device

You mean like a statement from a Microsoft exec leaves you unsure? Nice! (Don Mattrick, the president of Microsoft's interactive entertainmen)
RTFA for once....

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