Tuesday, November 9, 2010

Kinect has been hacked to run with Windows 7 PCs

Xbox-360 Kinect
Xbox-360 Kinect
Microsoft's latest Xbox 360 peripheral Kinect has been has been hacked to control from Windows 7. A week ago, Adafruit offered a bounty of $2000 to anyone who can hack and deliver the open source drivers Kinect.

According to CNET, Microsoft had sent an email to them as:

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.
But the attempts of Microsoft have been busted along with their security features and safeguards. Check the following video to see how the Kinect's motors are controlled using a Windows 7 PC.

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