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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RE: Are you sure about that?
by jhominal on Sat 20th Nov 2010 04:27 UTC 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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tomcat Member since:
2006-01-06

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


I realize this is difficult for your brain to grasp, but they were referring to actual anti-tampering to thwart product modifications, not implementing a driver. The driver is perhaps the least interesting part of the package.

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