Wiring an Xbox Kinect for USB

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Introduction: Wiring an Xbox Kinect for USB

About: I study Aerospace Engineering at RMIT, in the hope that one day I will be able to bring about the return of intercontinental airship cruises. Until then I like to make stuff in the shed, and surf instructables

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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65 Comments

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KKmAke12
KKmAke12

Question 7 months ago on Step 1

2.5A is good?

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KKmAke12
KKmAke12

Question 7 months ago on Step 1

hi ive only have a 12v and the input is 100v-240 50-60v

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Mikestro
Mikestro

8 months ago

I've got only 12v 1.5A will it work? or only 2a

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mchabot
mchabot

10 months ago

Made it.
We had inverted the 12v power supply. Driver gently told us that the kinect was connected but was underpowered.
Switching the power wires resolved the issue with no damage done.

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The ghost348
The ghost348

Reply 10 months ago

Was it the red and brown wires on the kinect you switched

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christiankrupa
christiankrupa

Question 1 year ago

Would this work with the kinect 2.0 as well?

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IsiqutK
IsiqutK

Question 1 year ago

I did everything right -the xbox just to pc. No on light no device any help?

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viper5000
viper5000

Answer 1 year ago

Hi
You need minimum 12v 1.5A power supply

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nanikgeorge
nanikgeorge

1 year ago

Awesome instructable! Thank you, it saved me time and money. Mine didn't turn out looking pretty, but it works really well!

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wanabegeek
wanabegeek

1 year ago

is the xbox one kinect cable's internal wiring the same as this?

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SeanS5
SeanS5

6 years ago on Introduction

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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MartinSigsworth
MartinSigsworth

Reply 2 years ago

As mentioned the device will only pull the amperage required to work but with all electronics protect it from over voltage by installing an inline fuse 2A should be fine to protect the device

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squiggy2
squiggy2

Reply 6 years ago on Introduction

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

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makeitsonow
makeitsonow

Reply 5 years ago

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?

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squiggy2
squiggy2

Reply 5 years ago

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.

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MacStevins
MacStevins

Reply 2 years ago

It's 12V 1.08A. Searched for 2 pages, found a original adapter, says 1.08A.

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FrancisR20
FrancisR20

Reply 4 years ago

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

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squiggy2
squiggy2

Reply 4 years ago

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.