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Kinect Potential



/ 6 years ago

3 days and $3000. That’s all it took to crack the Kinect.

Adafruit originally announced a $1000 reward for the first user to produce working drivers, though this prize was subsequently raised to $2000, then $3000.

The first few hacks are merely a Proof-Of-Concept, but still show amazing potential for it with a PC.

How about a quick run through how the hacked Kinect works?

  1. An infra-red light-source bathes the room with light.
  2. A Infra-red sensor uses the reflections to calculate the distance to each object detected.
  3. The camera films the scene, generating a colour image.
  4. The data from the two cameras is used to create 3d polygons, on which the image is stretched, creating a 3d image, complete with textures.

At the moment, as the only video so far was created using just one Kinect, the render is more akin to cardboard cutouts, but add 3 or more devices in and you have an extremely efficient method of rendering rooms in realtime. This brings closer the possibility of virt-real-reality and interactive TV shows coming several steps closer, for a fraction of the current price.

That is if, of course, Microsoft doesn’t cancel the products…

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  • Chris

    As we've said in our Beta Podcast, the potential and power that this has on offer is fantastic. We'll keep our eyes peeled for when someone links 3 or more of these together for a full on 3D render of a room and its contents…

  • killap4oc

    BadNoddy;14249 wrote: As we've said in our Beta Podcast, the potential and power that this has on offer is fantastic. We'll keep our eyes peeled for when someone links 3 or more of these together for a full on 3D render of a room and its contents…

    Yea it looks fairly promising. Also I would not be too concerned about Microsoft stopping the hackers. Microsoft formally admitted that they do not mind this type of hacking. The interface was left open on purpose, their concern comes down to actual hardware inner hacking.