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Man Makes Open Source Kinect Drivers

Last week, open source hardware company Adafruit announced a $3,000 bounty for the first individual or group to hack Kinect, Microsoft's hands-free controller extra for the Xbox 360. Kinect contains a depth sensor, RGB camera, multi-array microphones and a motorised pivot, so it can track you around a room.

Yesterday, Slashdot reported that Adafruit reported that they HAVE A WINNER! Some very "hacky" open source Kinect drivers were released by a guy called Hector a meagre 3 hours after the European Kinect launch, and can be acquired here if you're technically minded. Hector says he intends to invest the $3,000 bounty into further hacking. Isn't that sweet? Watch Hector's video of Kinect running on a PC below.

It might be useful in the field of robotics! He wants to use it to track his laser! Hackers are amazing.

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Quinns was one of the first writers to join Rock Paper Shotgun after its founding in 2007, and he stayed with the site until 2011 (though he carried on writing freelance articles well beyond that). These days, you can find him talking about tabletop board games over on Shut Up And Sit Down, or doing proper grown-up journalism with the folks at People Make Games.

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