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.