Mehmet Akten creates a 3D doodle in mid-air. By using one hand he draws a pattern, and when he switches to two hands, the image can be rotated to reveal its three-dimensional loveliness. (Credit: Video screenshot by Leslie Katz/CNET)
Kinect has been out for less than a week, but already enterprising hackers are finding unusual ways to put the sensor bar's 3D imaging capabilities to good use...
It all started when electronic company Adafruit Industries offered a $1,000 reward to the first person to build an open-source driver for Kinect, which would enable other l33t h4xx0rs to use Kinect for their own innovative means. Microsoft didn't take kindly to that competition, which prompted the reward to be raised to $2,000, and then again to $3,000.
For more on this story, read and see the video highlights in Coolest Kinect hacks: Our favorite motion-sensor experiments on Crave UK.