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Bounty Offered for Open Kinect Driver by Adafruit Industries

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216w ago - Update: KinectMan2 has now posted a video (below) of a non-open source version he did, and Marcan [Register or Login to view links] he did the same with his open-source [Register or Login to view links] as well. Below are the videos!

With the recent Kinect release for XBox 360, a bounty has been offered by Adafruit Industries for an open-source Kinect driver.

The challenge found on Adafruit's [Register or Login to view links] states the following, to quote:

What do we (all) want?

Open source drivers for this cool USB device, the drivers and/or application can run on any operating system - but completely documented and under an open source license. To demonstrate the driver you must also write an application with one "window" showing video (640 x 480) and one window showing depth. Upload all of this to GitHub.

How get the bounty ($2,000 USD)

Anyone around the world can work on this, including Microsoft Upload your code, examples and documentation to GitHub. First person / group to get RGB out with distance values being used wins, you're smart - you know what would be useful for the community out there.

All the code needs to be open source and/or public domain. Email us a link to the repository, we and some "other" Kinect for Xbox 360 hackers will check it out - if it's good to go, you'll get the $2,000 bounty!

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#24 - PS3 News - 215w ago
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One more update... Google's search spam engineer Matt Cutts is now sponsoring $2000 in prizes: mattcutts.com/blog/open-kinect-contest/
I want to kickstart neat projects, so I’m starting my own contest with $2000 in prizes. There are two $1000 prizes. The first $1000 prize goes to the person or team that writes the coolest open-source app, demo, or program using the Kinect. The second prize goes to the person or team that does the most to make it easy to write programs that use the Kinect on Linux.

#23 - PS3 News - 216w ago
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A brief update for anyone following: KinectMan2 has now posted a video (below) of a non-open source version he did, and Marcan [Register or Login to view links] he did the same with his open-source [Register or Login to view links] as well. I have updated the first post now, and below are the videos!

#22 - semitope - 216w ago
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They can't stop someone writing drivers to use it elsewhere. That isn't tampering with the hardware at all.

#21 - Bishoff - 216w ago
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sounds like m$ is taking business lessons from Sony. Please spend your hard earned money on our products, however you can only use it for what we want you to, and nothing else. Sounds more like Consoles and all related peripherals are rented devices, that we can never fully own

#20 - stinky1978 - 216w ago
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I am not sure how MS can do anything about someone writing open source drivers for their HW? Its not like they are modding anything, they are looking for ways to provide the HW to work with other OS's, thats all. If anything it will make it appear that MS is getting a lot of this system out there. Even if it does mess up their numbers.

eg: one PSmove sale = 1 PSmove system running on PS3.. 1 Kinect sale could = 1 kinect system runnong on 360, OR it could be running on something else. Hard to convince the software companies what the real number is when they are trying to predict demand, and installed user bases.

This is not new for 360 devices though. People had the HDVD player running on PC's. They hacked the wired controllers to run on PC's, why not this too?


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