Blocked! Kinect Mount for Xbox One Features Camera Cover

Microsoft’s Kinect is kinda like Chuck Norris; it doesn’t sleep, it waits.

That’s a concept that’s a bit unsettling to many in this age of seemingly omnipresent NSA surveillance. Given that the camera/motion/voice control device will ship with all Xbox Ones, it will soon be in millions of homes, and a whole lotta people will likely be searching for electrical tape to cover Kinect’s all-seeing eyes out of privacy concerns.

If you prefer a more refined fix, there is the PDP Kinect TV Mount. It’s primarily designed to mount Kinect on your flat screen, but it also features a slide on cover that blocks Kinect’s IR and RGB cameras. Now you see me, now you don’t! It’s also $20, which seems reasonable.

This is the first Kinect mount with a camera cover I’ve seen, but I suspect it won’t be the last. For Microsoft’s part, it flatly states it won’t gather your personal data and Kinect won’t take candids of you picking your nose — at least if you tell it not to.

We’ll see how people deal with Kinect and privacy concerns when Xbox One launches on November 22.

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