Xbox Kinect to Geeks: Hack Us!

Microsoft wants help developing all possibilities of new tech
By Mary Papenfuss,  Newser User
Posted Feb 23, 2011 3:03 AM CST
Players get into the Kinect grovve for Xbox 360.   (Casey Rodgers / AP Images for Kinect for Xbox 360)
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(Newser) – Hack us, please. That's the message Xbox Kinect developers are issuing to hackers everywhere. They know they're sitting on something big, and want help exploring all the possibilities of Microsoft's cutting-edge motion-control Kinect video games. Hackers have already altered Kinect to work for touchie-feelie porn and World of Warcraft. Now Microsoft will make that even easier by releasing a software development kit this spring giving hackers access to the secrets behind the technology, reports the BBC.

The kit will only be for personal use, but Microsoft plans to release a commercial version soon after. Kinect, which turns the player's body into a game controller, has been hugely popular since its release late last year. "As breakthrough technologies like these reach scale, the resulting creativity and invention will open up a whole new world of possibilities," said a Microsoft spokesman. Experimenters will no doubt be good for business, too.

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