Microsoft announces developers kit due this spring
Microsoft announced Tuesday that it will be releasing a software development kit, or SDK, for its Kinect console peripheral, a darling of the hacker and homebrewing scene. The technology in the Kinect has been used for everything from manipulating medical scans to playing the piano with your feet.
The kit, which Microsoft said will launch this spring, will give academics and other enthusiasts access to the "audio technology, system application programming interfaces and direct control of the Kinect sensor itself."
Microsoft has embraced the Kinect hacker movement, an about-face from its original position on Kinect hacks. In November, when Adafruit offered a bounty to the first person who figured out how to uncouple the Kinect from the Xbox 360, a Microsoft spokesperson told CNET: "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."
That bounty, it was revealed this week, was originally put up by Kinect developer Johnny Lee. Lee now works for Google.
"Best $3000 I ever spent," Lee wrote.
| February 23, 2011; 10:32 AM ET
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