Kinect open source drivers coming on nicely

It seems that Adafruit's $3,000 bounty for open source for Microsoft Kinect hands-free game controller might already have been won.

It seems that Adafruit's $3,000 bounty for open source for Microsoft Kinect hands-free game controller might already have been won.

An individual calling themselves Kinectman2 has posted videos of Kinect output to YouTube.

Here's the accelerometer output:

Here's what the camera sees:

Here are the color and depth cameras at work

And here's color and 3D depth sensing in action:

Microsoft is downplaying this, claiming this accomplishment doesn't constitute "hacking."

"Kinect for Xbox 360 has not been hacked--in any way--as the software and hardware that are part of Kinect for Xbox 360 have not been modified. What has happened is someone has created drivers that allow other devices to interface with the Kinect for Xbox 360. The creation of these drivers, and the use of Kinect for Xbox 360 with other devices, is unsupported. We strongly encourage customers to use Kinect for Xbox 360 with their Xbox 360 to get the best experience possible."

Personally, I think Microsoft doesn't want the words "hack" or "hacking" associated with its new product, because people usually think of hacks as security risks. Getting a device working on an unsupported platform counts as a hack in my book.

Get this working on Windows, and I'm sold!