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November 4, 2010 // 11:00 pm - Update: KinectMan2 has now posted a video (below) of a non-open source version he did, and Marcan Tweeted he did the same with his open-source libfreenect 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 Web site 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!

Bounty Offered for Open Kinect Driver by Adafruit Industries

Bounty Offered for Open Kinect Driver by Adafruit Industries

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#24 - PS4 News - November 13, 2010 // 9:24 am
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One more update... Google's search spam engineer Matt Cutts is now sponsoring $2000 in prizes:
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 - PS4 News - November 10, 2010 // 2:20 pm
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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 Tweeted he did the same with his open-source libfreenect as well. I have updated the first post now, and below are the videos!

#22 - semitope - November 8, 2010 // 6:40 pm
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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 - November 8, 2010 // 6:24 pm
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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 - November 7, 2010 // 1:47 pm
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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?

#19 - PS4 News - November 6, 2010 // 1:09 am
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Looks like Microsoft isn't too happy about this, as expected of course hehe:
“Microsoft does not condone the modification of its products,” a Microsoft spokesperson told CNET. “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.”

The bounty appears to have caused a rift between the two companies, with Adafruit not taking kindly to Microsoft's response. “Don’t make us up it to $3k,” it threatened, which surely won't go down well at Redmond.

#18 - Pretikewl - November 5, 2010 // 5:56 pm
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I'm not sure where you are getting your information, but it's not correct. The resolution of the PSEye is not HD.

The PlayStation Eye is capable of capturing standard video with frame rates of 60 hertz at a 640480 pixel resolution, and 120 hertz at 320240 pixels.

The only advantage the PSEye has over Kinect is fps. PSEye can do 60fps @ 640x480, and Kinect can only do 30fps @ 640x480.

Also, as for the sound.

The PlayStation Eye features a built-in four-capsule microphone array, with which the PlayStation 3 can employ technologies for multi-directional voice location tracking, echo cancellation, and background noise suppression. This allows the peripheral to be used for speech recognition and audio chat in noisy environments without the use of a headset. The PlayStation Eye microphone array operates with each channel processing 16-bit samples at a sampling rate of 48 kilohertz, and a signal-to-noise ratio of 90 decibels.

#17 - fattysc - November 5, 2010 // 5:39 pm
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I can attest to hackers and or devs not knowing how much to charge for work. I've been developing a computer vision application for about four months now. It is nearly complete. I'm going to charge roughly 10 dollars for the compiled binary. But, that isn't because I don't know how much to charge. Its because I feel like that is the best price point for attracting a massive amount of business.

I have no idea why that ps3move on the pc is needed (reinventing the wheel). There is something called opencv that is light years ahead of anything ps3move could hope to accomplish. And it is free to download and develop. Plus, the license allows for commercial distribution (royalty free).

#16 - CodeKiller - November 5, 2010 // 4:45 pm
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WTF? M$ has to give away this POS for free just for advertising, while the move is sells well without any major hype/advertising.

And now i wouldn't be surprised if this offer was by m$ in some way... just to sell more of this crap.

The move is every way superior to it's competitors: uses industry standard motion capture, enhanced with more sensors; have hand-held part for easier, preciser, faster interaction; works/can be working as the now so fancy augmented reality; supports 'serious' games unlike the other's causal only lineup.

(Kinect's gesture and voice commands NOT done by the HW!!)

#15 - adrianc1982 - November 5, 2010 // 4:33 pm
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Quote Originally Posted by semitope View Post
hackers just have $2000 lying around huh?

You wouldn't know how much is invested in hacking, projects are scrapped left and right and if one makes it the profit is enourmous. $2000 is pocket change for a proyect like this, but hey some hackers dont know how to charge for their work. I've seen hackers build a complete platform for as little as $250 us dlls.