Report: Kinect Sensor Already Hacked

One hacker is claiming to have taken control of Microsoft's Kinect sensor, releasing three videos (one embedded below) showing the ability to manually move the sensor and access its tracking camera's data (via VentureBeat)

Adafruit Industries has offered a $2,000 reward for creating an open-source hack for the sensor. Phillip Torrone, one of the heads of Adafruit, told CNET that Kinect is "amazing hardware that shouldn't just be locked up for Xbox 360. Its 'radar camera' being able to get video and distance as a sensor input from commodity hardware is huge."

While it is unclear if these videos are legitimate, Microsoft's response is what you'd expect:

Microsoft does not condone the modification of its products. With Kinect, Microsoft built in numerous hardware and software safeguards designed to reduce the chances of product tampering. Microsoft will continue to make advances in these types of safeguards and work closely with law enforcement and product safety groups to keep Kinect tamper-resistant.

Hacking videogame motion hardware for other uses is nothing new. The Wii remote and sensor bar were hacked to allow for spatial control in a virtual 3D space. If the Kinect sensor has truly been hacked, it will be interesting to see what can be done with the hardware.

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    November 8, 2010 1:34 PM

    open source but still illegal, no?

    MS was planning to bring this to PC it seemed from previous comments they've made anyways.

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      November 8, 2010 1:51 PM

      Yeah, I'm assuming that the MS quote is just their standard legal boilerplate when anyone asks them about hardware being used in any fashion other than it's 'intended use'.

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      November 9, 2010 1:53 AM

      I imagine MS will have done something clever with the hardware to make certain legal avenues of attack easier for them.

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