Developer Hacks Kinect, Microsoft Says 'Pics or It Didn't Happen'

Developer Hacks Kinect, Microsoft Says 'Pics or It Didn't Happen'

posted Sunday Nov 14, 2010 by Nicholas DiMeo

Developer Hacks Kinect, Microsoft Says 'Pics or It Didn't Happen'

This week, a company founded by former MIT members issued a cash prize of $2,000 for anyone who could break into the Kinect for Xbox 360 and access the motion-sensors on the camera from another platform aside from the Xbox. The winner? A developer from the NUI Group, an open-source community of developers and programmers alike.

In a video shot by user AlexP (posted after the break), we see the ability to control the camera with a computer running Windows 7. We saw that he could move the camera up and down and he could also see the Kinect's color and infrared panels and made them show up on the desktop. It should be noted that AlexP was also able to make a program like this for the PlayStation Eye.

Microsoft, however, claims that he hasn't hacked it. We have Microsoft's response and the video after the break.

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