Someone Hacked Kinect, Made it Work With PC

Via PC World, it looks like Microsoft is getting another fair use headache to commemorate the release of Kinect. Mere days after the launch of the Xbox 360′s gimicky actually kind of okay peripheral, Spanish hacker Hector Martin1, AKA “marcan” has won Adafruit’s Open Kinnect contest by hacking his to work with a PC. Basically, it’s concentrated, distilled awesome.

Here’s his proof of concept video:

SQUEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE.

For his efforts, Hector won $3,000 to fund further hacking related programs activities. Adafruit also put their open source society money where their mouth is, and donated an additional $2,000 to the Electronic Frontier Foundation. Probably for the best since Microsoft has their “litigate” setting on Max difficulty. It’s unlikely, given the Library of Congress’ recent ruling on jailbreaking, that they will ultimately be able to stamp out hacks and mods of their products, but they’ll keep trying until the SCOTUS tells them to STFU. Hell, while we’re at it, why don’t you head over and give EFF a little loose change. They’re quite literally fighting for your (intellectual) freedom.

In the meantime, one thing is for certain: Kinect may or may not be from the future, but Hector Martin definitely is.

1) Seriously, best name ever.

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