Windows 7 Forums

Welcome to Windows 7 Forums. Our forum is dedicated to helping you find support and solutions for any problems regarding your Windows 7 PC be it Dell, HP, Acer, Asus or a custom build. We also provide an extensive Windows 7 tutorial section that covers a wide range of tips and tricks.


Windows 7: Microsoft not amused by open source Kinect drivers

12 Nov 2010   #1
JMH

Win 7 Ultimate 64-bit. SP1.
 
 
Microsoft not amused by open source Kinect drivers

Quote:

DIY hardware company Adafruit Industries recently offered a $3,000 bounty to encourage the development of open source drivers for Microsoft's Kinect motion control camera. Developer Hector Martin claimed the prize this week and has published his source code under the terms of the GPL in a public git repository.

Martin's implementation includes code for initializing the camera, capturing live video, and processing depth. He has also created a simple OpenGL visualization to demonstrate that the driver works properly. This has been verified by independent testing conducted by other developers. The project is still at an early stage of development, however, and will require further refinement before it is feature-complete. Some documentation bundled with the source code says that tapping into the device's audio could prove difficult due to several factors, including a cryptographic signature mechanism.

Microsoft is not amused by the open source software community's effort to build its own Kinect drivers. The company says that it doesn't condone reverse engineering and has vowed to use technical and legal measures to prevent unauthorized third parties from repurposing the Kinect camera.

Martin intends to use the $3,000 prize to purchase equipment for additional hardware hacking. In addition to handing over $3,000 to the winner, Adafruit has also donated an additional $2,000 to the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF), citing the important role that the EFF plays in defending hardware hackers.
Source -
Microsoft not amused by open source Kinect drivers


My System SpecsSystem Spec
.
12 Nov 2010   #2
mr pc

Windows 7
 
 

These companies seem to forget that once a customer purchases something it is their property to choose what they like to do with it - if you want to put non-proprietary software or a jam sandwich on your Kinect so be it. Looks like they want to stifle innovation as well. Welcome to the modern world, people hack EVERYTHING. Another "Cloud" mentality moment from MS - If they had their way we would all be leasing/renting our products with increasing surcharges.
My System SpecsSystem Spec
Reply

 Microsoft not amused by open source Kinect drivers




Thread Tools




Similar help and support threads
Thread Forum
microsoft open source
microsoft should open source, IE, Win 9x/ME and XP, windows explorer, calculator, wordpad and notepad, snipping tool and windows media player
Chillout Room
Microsoft is serious about open source: 10 proof points
Read more at: Microsoft is serious about open source: 10 proof points | ZDNet
News
help with making a kinect driver that emulates kinect as a mouse
I would like to create a driver that emulates each person on the kinect as a mouse using the windows DDK (Driver development kit). For instance, four people on the kinect and the kinect mouse will have create four instaces of the device or recoginize the four people as four mice. I have a theory i...
Drivers
Microsoft claims Kinect left open by design (with bonus hacked vids)
Microsoft claims Kinect left open by design (with bonus hacked vids)
News
Microsoft extends Windows 7 and Azure to open-source...
More at: Microsoft extends Windows 7 and Azure to open-source developers
News
Microsoft Releases ‘Web Sandbox’ as Open Source
more: InternetNews Realtime IT News - Microsoft Releases ‘Web Sandbox’ as Open Source
News


Our Sites

Site Links

About Us

Find Us

Windows 7 Forums is an independent web site and has not been authorized, sponsored, or otherwise approved by Microsoft Corporation. "Windows 7" and related materials are trademarks of Microsoft Corp.

© Designer Media Ltd

All times are GMT -5. The time now is 14:27.

Twitter Facebook Google+



Windows 7 Forums

Seven Forums Android App Seven Forums IOS App