Adafruit, a New-York-based electronics DIY company, put up a bounty for the first person who could successfully hack the Kinect. Less than two weeks later, Microsoft sold more than a million Kinects, and the futuristic sensor bar was officially hacked. The winning hack managed to provide the open source code for the camera's depth and RGB sensor, and Adafruit later posted their own in-depth guide to hacking the Kinect. Be warned: This is no simple job. To be honest, unless you've at one point been described as a "code monkey," the hack probably isn't for you.
But getting at the Kinect's code is imperative to unlocking all the cool stuff it can be made to do. So while this hack may not be something 99.9% of the population can even think about understanding, it's the key that'll open the door to everything else. The five hacks that follow all stem from the securing of these drivers.single page
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