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Kinect Has Been Hacked

The more things change the more they stay the same,

In less than a week since release someone has come forward claiming to have hacked the Kinect. According to the BBC News Website Hector Martin has managed to run Kinect with a Linux operating system. In a statement to the BBC News website Microsoft were keen to point out that Kinect itself hadn’t been hacked  

“What has happened is someone has created drivers that allow other devices to interface with the Kinect for Xbox 360,”

I doubt that this will have any real impact on the gaming aspect of Kinect but it just goes to show the quality and potential of Kinect as a piece of hardware.

It does raise an interesting question, if you had the skill and ability to use Kinect in any fashion, what would you use it for and why?  I would probably do something to automate my room. Imagine if you could open your window by waving your arm? Turn the TV on/off with a vocal command,  switch lights on and off with a snap of your finger(oh wait you can already do that) Okay so not the best example but it could be the start of something big, either that or it’s  the first step towards the world predicted in Wall-E

Source:  BBC News

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