Wiring an Xbox Kinect for USB

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Introduction: Wiring an Xbox Kinect for USB

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There are heaps of good instructables about hacking an Xbox Kinect. From 3D scanning to motion sensing, there's a tonne of cool stuff you can do with a Kinect, but so far there are no instructables on how to wire the Kinect for USB.

I don't know what is supposed to come in the bundle, but I bought a Kinect second hand, and got only the device. No adapters, cables or anything. So this is a quick instructable on how to cut of the original plug and wire a USB on, to use with a computer.

Step 1: You Will Need:

- An Xbox Kinect.

- A 12v 2A power supply. I used an old netbook power supply

- A USB cable

- Soldering iron + solder

- Heat shrink

Step 2: Wiring

Step 1:
Cut off the ends of the Kinect, the USB cable and the 12v power supply. Cut the Kinect and power supply close to the plug, but cut the USB with plenty of cable trailing out of the male plug.


Step 2:
Solder and heat shrink the four coloured USB wires to their corresponding Kinect wires. Red -> red, green -> green and white -> white. twist up the black wires, but don't solder or heat shrink them just yet.
Make sure there is no exposed wire that will cause a short.

I have attached I wiring diagram drawn by Ttunerboy on youtube.

Step 3:
Solder the brown Kinect wire to the 12v adapter positive, and the 12v adapter negative to the Kinect/USB black. Now you can heat shrink it (or try to, with its 3-way junction).

Step 4:
Heat shrink the whole bunch to make it neat. Maybe yours already is, but my job was disgustingly messy, and I needed to cover it up.

Step 5:
Follow the other instructable on this site, to make use of your new equipment!

OPTIONAL:
This will make the Kinect work on a computer, but it will be useless with an Xbox now. If you want to continue using it with an Xbox, you can splice the wires in without cutting of the Xbox plug. If you do so, you'll need to add in a switch couple of switches at the junctions between the USB's and Xbox's green and white wires. This is because when unused, the USB plug causes interference on the data (green and white) wires.

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everything worked as per these instructions. Sincere thanks!...Benjamin

hello, i did follow up closely but my kinetic didnt come up. although i got a msg on the system which says device not recognized. any help help please

hello ,, will it work with mac ?, i will use it in matlab for image processing

Anyone know if this is the same for the second model for the Xbone?

Hi, I've connected everything as it's said but the kinect doesn't even turn on.
First I tried with a DC adapter that it's supposed to give 1A, when I measured the current it was 0.6 mA. The I tried with another source that can deliver up to 3A and I had the same current 0.7mA.

A friend of mine gave me that kinect so I don't know If I'm missing something or he kinect is damaged.

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This looks like it will work but I think I'll buy the adapter kit for $12.00 Seems like a safe way to connect the Kinect. Now, that being said this ible is filled with great info. I can now download the SDK for my Kinect. Thanks for the link.

Thansks, it work great! i use an dapter of 12V 3A.

What good timing, I just got a kinect in the mail today to use for 3d printing and it has this silly plug. I found a 12v 4A power supply. will this work? Thanks!

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That'll work perfectly! Good luck and show the results!

Need a little clarification on this point. You say that using a 12V 4A power source will work. I would have thought that would put the Kinect at risk. Inversely, I have a 12V 1.5A power source. That likely to pose any issues?

Electronic devices only draw as much current as they need. So you could use a 100A power supply. It would be a waste of money, but the Kinect would still only draw as much as it needs. You will damage the Kinect if your power supply puts out too many VOLTS. It must be given 12V, no more, no less.

The Kinect apparently draws 1.08A, so a 1.5A power supply will work. If you use a supply that can only supply <1A, its voltage will drop during use and the Kinect won't work. No damage done, it just won't work.

i have a 12v 780ma charger will that work at all . . . i seen a guy post he used one that was 800ma and it worked fine

You can try it. I can't remember off hand what the specified power consumption of the Kinect is, but if your charger can't supply it, it will simply not work. No harm done, except wasting your time.

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Connected with PC as shown in diagram. PC detects USB connection, green indicator glows on Kinect BUT nothing happens.

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Have you installed the Kinect for Windows SDK v1.8? get it from here: http://www.microsoft.com/en-us/download/details.aspx?id=40278

Thanks for your reply. I have downloaded and installed Kinect for Windows V1.8, still, there is nothing.

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does it show up in the Device Manager as Kinect for Windows? If not, it might show up as Primesense in which case try updating the drivers by right clicking on each part select Update Driver Software then Browse my computer for driver software the Let me pick from a list... If that doesn't work, I'm not sure what else to try as I'm a bit out of my depth. I don't know what software you're trying to use it with but to test if that is at fault, try http://reconstructme.net/ and see if it works with that.

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This worked for me! I was having issues at first, it failed to connect in reconstructme, but it turned out I had an early SDK/drivers installed. After installing Kinect for Windows V1.8 from here: http://www.microsoft.com/en-us/download/details.aspx?id=40278 it works!