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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by bnolsen on Sat 20th Nov 2010 09:57 UTC
bnolsen
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2006-01-06

here's what MS actually acquired very recently. This company produces much higher grade ranging chips:

http://canesta.com/

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RE: and related market stuff
by bornagainenguin on Sun 21st Nov 2010 03:18 in reply to "and related market stuff"
bornagainenguin Member since:
2005-08-07

bnolsen declared...

here's what MS actually acquired very recently. This company produces much higher grade ranging chips:

http://canesta.com/


Interesting. So what the true story may be is that Microsoft doesn't care too much about the kinect v1 because they fully intend to release a kinect v2 using the Canesta chips which will be locked down and noncompatible with all the progress made with the v1 kinect. If they do this properly they would make it difficult enough to detect which chipset is in use or have multiple revisions of the hardware like the WiFi manufactures used to do...

Make it difficult enough to know what hardware will do what and people will lose interest in doing this type of thing rather quickly and blame the open source developers for not being able to keep up...

--bornagainpenguin

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RE[2]: and related market stuff
by bnolsen on Sun 21st Nov 2010 03:48 in reply to "RE: and related market stuff"
bnolsen Member since:
2006-01-06

Nah, they just want the 44 patents from canesta. If anyone tries to make money off using the kinect MS will sue them into oblivion. It's possible MS may take the hobbyist ideas and deploy those themselves with the patent umbrella as protection.

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