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Post by Dan @ 12:53pm 11/11/10 | 10 Comments
There may be a lack of games among the Kinect launch titles that interest the more hardcore enthusiasts, but several tech-types have found a different way to occupy themselves with Microsoft's new motion sensing device.
Within days of the US and European release, several people have managed to get Kinect talking to a PC, accessing the devices various functions via custom built drivers.

Tech-blog Engadget reports that one developer has already released an open source drive that allows users to access the camera IR and RGB feeds, which can be seen demoed in this youtube clip.

Another group (the NUI team that previously opened up the PlayStation Eye for PC use) also appear to be making solid progress with all areas of Kinect functionality on a PC and have promised to release their driver software as open source after donations hit the $10K mark.

Kinect is due for an Australian launch on November 18 at AUD$199 for the hardware. A range of 17 casual-gaming focused titles with Kinect support are due to hit shelves over the course of the holiday season.












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trog
Posted 06:20pm 11/11/10
This is freakin' awesome news. Getting the voice functionality stuff would be great; I'd love to be able to buy one of these, plug it into my XBMC setup and be able to talk to it to get it to do stuff. Viva open source and those crazy hackers that make all these things happen!@#
E.T.
Posted 06:36pm 11/11/10
Lets play GTA5 with it !

Whoop
Posted 07:02pm 11/11/10
So it actually has a camera in it? I can't wait till someone finds a way to hack xboxes connected wirelessly, intercept the video and upload to youtube videos of people acting like idiots in their living rooms.

I bet the government would also be interested in accessing them, I wonder if MS put any back doors in to allow authorities to view the feed without users knowledge.
E.T.
Posted 07:08pm 11/11/10
So it actually has a camera in it? I can't wait till someone finds a way to hack xboxes connected wirelessly, intercept the video and upload to youtube videos of people acting like idiots in their living rooms.

I bet the government would also be interested in accessing them, I wonder if MS put any back doors in to allow authorities to view the feed without users knowledge.


I asked Faceman and he said "Yes!"
Whoop
Posted 07:14pm 11/11/10
FYI I'm not paranoid, you can actually get software that does just that. It's usually used for security purposes on macbooks and its used to take a photo of the computers surroundings if it gets stolen but I'm sure the opportunity for abuse is there and probably a few bux slipped to the right hands would get you access to whoever's camera you liked if you were a PI or whatever.

If I were the CIA and there was a chance there might be usable cameras in just about every home in most major countries I know I'd want a slice of that pie.
Khel
Posted 07:38pm 11/11/10
can't wait till someone finds a way to hack xboxes connected wirelessly, intercept the video and upload to youtube videos of people acting like idiots in their living rooms.


Was reading a story like this on Kotaku, where apparently that Dance Central game (I think that was the one) can take photos of you while you're busting out your dance moves, then share them on social networking sites like Facebook or Twitter. The person playing I guess didn't know this, and with all the jumping around was getting a bit hot so took off their clothes and decided to Kinect it up naked, and it then took naked photos of them and shared them on the internet.
trog
Posted 07:39pm 11/11/10
Also I wonder what applications the porn industry can come up with for this
Whoop
Posted 07:40pm 11/11/10
naked twister?
`ViPER`
Posted 08:08pm 11/11/10
Also I wonder what applications the porn industry can come up with for this


Well it recognises depth, so I guess it would be pretty crazy with augmented reality porn.

Then you'd have people complaining it wont recognise their penis.
smashcrab
Posted 01:18pm 12/11/10
Ugh.. It really wouldn't surprise me if microshaft came out with a similar ad soon..

If you have a kinect, you've already agreed to ms using the feed for any purpose at any time..
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