View Full Version : Open Source and Kinect
January 23rd, 2011, 05:01 AM
Anyone else think that Microsoft did themselves a world of good not calling up the lawyers and letting Kinect open source projects continue?
It seems like there are already a ton of interesting and maybe even practically useful things that people/groups are doing with the device, and it has only been out like 1 month or two now...
January 23rd, 2011, 05:22 AM
And the best is that the actual company behind the kinect also released a driver for Ubuntu (http://downloadsquad.switched.com/2010/12/20/official-kinect-drivers-now-available-for-windows-and-ubuntu/).
January 23rd, 2011, 05:59 AM
That is great. I wonder how many things Microsoft (or any other tech giant) does themselves and how many things (like the Kinect) are done by other companies. Did Microsoft buy the Kinect technology from PrimeSense (or buy them) or did they have PrimeSense develop the technology for them?
I haven't really done anything with Linux in months, are there any notable Kinect projects for Linux going on, or is there just the driver?
January 23rd, 2011, 06:07 AM
Microsoft at first cared, but then a week later (http://www.pcworld.com/article/211299/microsoft_flipflops_on_kinect_computer_hack.html) decided that the Kinect was 'open by design' and denied that it was actually hacked because they (Microsoft) did not add some sort of protection layer to the USB connection of the controller that makes you look like an idiot to lock it to the Xbox 360. Therefore, nobody's getting in trouble for hacking the device.
I'm still not getting one, because if you read the crossed out text I believe it makes you look like an idiot when you're trying to use it.
January 23rd, 2011, 07:39 PM
Well yeah, but so what? Isn't it supposed to allow you to have fun? To someone not familiar with video games in general you'd probably look goofy playing a game with a big piece of plastic in your hands.
Regardless, I'm probably not going to get one. The open source part is the only thing that interests me about it, I don't think it will have any games that I'd be that interested in.
So you say MS forgot to put some security on the device and that is why they kept their mouths shut eh? Good for them, they're probably selling more of them than they would have if it had been closed and usable to the Xbox only.
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