Microsoft's Kinect is a hacker's dream. The combination of digital input, physical movement, sound and visuals inspires applications way beyond gaming. On first glance you can see how it could be used for special effects, music, 3-D modeling, even puppetry:
The OpenKinect Project
Cracking open Kinect requires OpenKinect, a set of open source drivers that unlocks the device's potential. The drivers came about after Adafruit posted a $3,000 bounty. Microsoft at first hinted at legal action, but the company has since changed its stance.
You can learn more about OpenKinect through the following sites:
- OpenKinect Google Group
- OpenKinect wiki
- OpenKinect team members
- OpenKinect source code repository
- OpenKinect on IRC: #OpenKinect on freenode.net
A sampling of Kinect hacks
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