An amateur hacker has apparently already broken the ties between the Kinetic and the Xbox, allowing the device to be controlled from his Windows based PC.
The information was released by a member of the Natural User Interface Group and it shows the motorized tilt being controlled with the moveup and movedown buttons of his Windows PC. Obviously this is meant to be controlled and tracked by the Xbox 360 console.
Both videos are a good indication that while there may still be some work to be done to get it completely hacked, that the guy AlexP has made very good progress in a short time.
This has all been started by Adafruit Industries who offered a bounty of 2k to the first person who published open source drivers for the Kinect.
Microsoft aren’t too happy with this and told CNET that they would “continue to make advances in these types of safeguards and work closely with law enforcement and product safety groups to keep Kinect tamper-resistant.”
KitGuru says: Fighting the hacking community is a losing battle. We all know it.