Linux open source drivers for Xbox Kinect released

Linux open source drivers for Xbox Kinect released

Summary: It didn't take long for the hacking community to come up with open source drivers for the Kinect ... no Xbox required!

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It didn't take long for the hacking community to come up with open source drivers for the Kinect ... no Xbox required!

Adafruit offered a $3,000 bounty for open source Kinect drivers, and it's been won by a clever hacker called Hector Martin (@marcan42). The open source driver supports the RGB camera output and depth camera.

Well done Hector!!!

Topics: Microsoft, Linux, Open Source, Security

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  • RE: Linux open source drivers for Xbox Kinect released

    Big deal. There's a big gap between getting a raw camera signal, and getting useful body tracking information, user interface control, voice recognition, etc. You could probably buy the raw cameras for less than a Kinect anyway.
    A.Sinic
  • RE: Linux open source drivers for Xbox Kinect released

    Just another way for Microsoft to penetrate and alienate the linux market. I love how linux users simply despise Microsoft so much but yet do stuff like this where they need to go out and purchase Microsoft products. Microsoft is laughing all the way to the bank at linux's expense.
    Loverock Davidson
    • RE: Linux open source drivers for Xbox Kinect released

      @Loverock Davidson
      True but someone put up 3k for someone to reverse it..
      So pay about 150 and make 3k from it..

      Microsoft won't really be laughing, they sell the hardware at a lost. They make there money from the titles.. Unless that linux user has a xbox.. Microsoft is actually losing money from this..
      Anthony E
      • RE: Linux open source drivers for Xbox Kinect released

        @Anthony E
        No, they already said they make a small profit on every Kinect unit sold, right from the launch.
        A.Sinic
      • Then why object to more Kinect sales?

        @Anthony E

        Why object to an Open Source driver if every extra Kinect sale that it generates is unexpected profit? That makes no sense.
        Zogg
      • RE: Linux open source drivers for Xbox Kinect released

        @A.Sinic: LOL you silenced the foolish Anthony E
        nomorebs
    • dupe

      sorry
      voyager529
    • not usually up for troll feeding but...

      @Loverock Davidson

      Open source drivers would help the Windows community as well - OSS != Linux.

      Also, the thing about the Kinect is that it's a single, widely available, standardized audio/video/motion sensor. It makes much more sense to develop applications for that as opposed to having everyone's software have to support a myriad of other sensor permutations.

      Joey
      voyager529
    • RE: Linux open source drivers for Xbox Kinect released

      @Loverock Davidson

      Linux fanbois have trouble with maths. Linux usage is now in the downslope. Down to 0.8% desktop (and I think this would be for desktop - right?). Not really going to have much of an impact, considering the majority of Linux users wouldn't be seen dead purchasing an MS product - they'd have to turn in their badge ;-)

      Now some open source Windows drivers and a proper API - that would be nice. I imagine MS will have a PC API out in a while anyway.
      tonymcs1
  • RE: Linux open source drivers for Xbox Kinect released

    Why for LinSux? no body uses it. It would have been great if it was released for Windows or Mac
    shellcodes_coder
  • So how much of the hardware is being driven?

    <i>The open source driver supports the RGB camera output and depth camera.</i>

    That's obviously been enough to claim the bounty, but are there any other hardware features on this device that aren't (yet) available?
    Zogg
  • RE: Linux open source drivers for Xbox Kinect released

    I believe in a future very close, when people will be partners and friends even using differente OS... and all haters will be dead with a rack through their necks. =)
    Btw, this is just great to everyone, but Microsoft will release very soon official drivers for Windows. Its just a question of time.
    Nevellin