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Hack the new Xbox Kinect and collect a $1k bounty for open-source drivers… It was $1k but they doubled it after Microsoft didn’t seem to like the idea…

Open source hardware company Adafruit Industries is offering a $2,000 bounty for the first person or group to upload code and examples under an open source license to GitHub for the Xbox Kinect released today. The Kinect sensor outputs video at a frame rate of 30 Hz, with the RGB video stream at 32-bit color VGA resolution (640×480 pixels), and the monochrome video stream used for depth sensing at 16-bit QVGA resolution (320×240 pixels with 65,536 levels of sensitivity). The Kinect sensor has a practical ranging limit of 1.2-3.5 metres (3.9-11 ft) distance. The open hardware group would like to see this camera used for education, robotics and fun outside the Xbox.

It’s open to anyone, worldwide – good luck makers!

Update: From CNET…

But Microsoft isn’t taking kindly to the bounty offer. “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.”

So in response Adafruit doubled it to $2k

Phillip Torrone

Phillip Torrone

Editor at large – Make magazine. Creative director – Adafruit Industries, contributing editor – Popular Science. Previously: Founded – Hack-a-Day, how-to editor – Engadget, Director of product development – Fallon Worldwide, Technology Director – Braincraft.

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  1. Good for Adafruit! It’s hardware. You buy it, you own it.

  2. Sean Michael Ragan on said:

    Just last night I was reading the terms of service that came with the new Kinect OS update on my 360 and getting angrier and angrier. This post filled my heart with a nice warm fuzzy feeling. Thanks, Phil!

  3. sanavital on said:

    It’s a nice animail but it have 1 problem,it’s 4 the microsoft x-box.

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