Adafruit's Open Kinect Project

Adafruit has posted a $2,000 bounty for open-source drivers and/or an application for the Kinect X-Box 360 controller. The first person or team to post their succesful open-source documentation to Github can claim the glory and loot.

For full details, check out this link:
http://www.adafruit.com/blog/2010/11/04/the-open-kinect-project-the-ok-prize-get-1000-bounty-for-kinect-for-xbox-360-open-source-drivers/

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“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.”

You gotta love Microsoft. The very thinly veiled threat - which doesn't have any teeth because the activities in question are not, in fact, illegal - is just so typical of them. They're going to work closely with law enforcement to make sure teh hack0rz can't break their total control over their hardware? Really? And just how does "product safety" enter into the picture at all? Are they afraid the "OMG Communism Open Source" is gonna turn the Kinect into a killing automaton? They're so full of it.
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They are afraid someone will shock themselves while the device is plugged in and they be sued (would be my guess).
Malarkey. They're no more scared of that than any other electronics maker. Seriously, it's a transparent effort to maintain the kind of monopolies they are so shameless about developing - in this case, just monopoly over what the Kinect can do, instead of what the whole world runs on their computers.

(I don't mean to be rude to you, by the way - I just don't believe for a New York minute that they are terribly afraid of that ;) ).
I was thinking Microsoft said what they originally said because they thought this would mean people would tamper with Kinect to cheat on online games, but now they realize that people are not hacking Kinect for cheating purposes, they support it.
And that's exactly their story, but they condemned the Adafruit challenge - which was not to cheat, but only to develop drivers/applications, not go all black-hat on games - from word go. The said flatly that they did not condone modification of their products. :\
True. I guess Microsoft misunderstood the challenge and thought people would actually try and modify the kinect system instead of just writing drivers for an unmodified Kinect.
That's the nice way of looking at it; I fear mine is more cynical. :D
I try to avoid paranoia as much as possible.
They pretty much state this though. They don't want apps they are not getting a commission for. It "sounds" like good business sense, until one realizes how well many open source items are selling.
I honestly think that MS was 'trying' to pull an "Apple" stunt on everyone
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