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.
E-mail Print r 4   · Read More · 41 Comment(s)
Thread beginning with comment 450674
To view parent comment, click here.
To read all comments associated with this story, please click here.
RE: Are you sure about that?
by Valhalla on Sat 20th Nov 2010 06:43 UTC 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.

Reply Parent Score: 4

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....

Reply Parent Score: 2

Valhalla Member since:
2006-01-24


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....

Assuming you weren't ironic, then no, any proclamation by any exec of any company regarding their own finances and products does NOT convince me. Especially when you come across stuff like this:

http://www.informationweek.com/news/storage/reviews/showArticle.jht...

With this hugely expensive marketing campaign, again I have my doubts that that this device is making Microsoft any money (again, atleast in the short run), but I'm certain it increases Microsoft's next gen console market share which is most likely it's main purpose.

Reply Parent Score: 2