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Microsoft Kinect Already Hacked

Microsoft's Kinect motion sensing gaming peripheral may have been already hacked for use with a PC, if a video is to be believed.

Adafruit Industries initially offered a $2,000 reward to anyone who successfully hacks a Kinect using an open source or public domain code to unlock for use with devices other than Xbox 360.

Tech news site PC Mag reports that AlexP of the NUI Group Community Forums has posted a video showing a Kinect being controlled from a PC based interface. No further details on the veracity of the video have yet surfaced.

Unsurprisingly, Microsoft is not happy with Adafruit Industries for encouraging people to attempt to hack its Kinect device.

A Microsoft spokesperson had said in a statement to 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."