Hackers make XBOX ONE's Kinect work on a PC!!

#1SolnotPosted 7/20/2014 9:20:47 AM
http://www.engadget.com/2014/07/18/hackers-make-xbox-ones-kinect-work-on-a-pc/

Microsoft famously said the XBOX ONE Kinect wouldn't work on a PC, but hackers have already done the trick mere days after the release of the Kinect for Windows v2.0 SDK. As shown in the video below, they managed to rewire a USB 3.0 cable to pair it with a laptop, giving them access to the depth sensor. The pair work at Hyperkin (which happens to sell gaming accessories), and plan to make a retail version of the cable available. Kinect for Windows 2.0 is already up for pre-order, but such a cable could be handy if you can't wait to get one, or don't want to splurge for a redundant Kinect. The XBOX 360's sensor was hacked in a similar way, but the Kinect 2's hardware is far more powerful. On a PC, it could function as a motion capture device or map a 3D environment, to name just a few examples -- far more interesting applications than Just Dance.
#2scoobydoobydontPosted 7/20/2014 9:27:23 AM
MS "famously" said that (famously? really?) because it wasn't a standard connector. Not because they were implying it was some magical piece of kit that PC's couldn't handle. And it isn't much of a hack to use the SDK MS themselves released. The hardware is pretty much exactly the same as what the PC version will be, but with a new connector and AC adapter.

Still, I guess if this "hack" results in even one more person tinkering with the technology to make something interesting, that's cool.
---
"Why do you expect me to be rational? I'm a troll..." -Izraeil (aka Altair001)
http://i.imgur.com/8LUhEFG.jpg