Adafruit Industries has decided that there will be a $2,000 bounty for the first person who manages to come up with an open-source Kinect driver. After all, an Adafruit employee did mention to CNET that Kinect is “amazing hardware that shouldn’t just be locked up for Xbox 360. Its ‘radar camera’ being able to get video and distance as a sensor input from commodity hardware is huge.” Basically, the bounty of $2,000 can be shared amongst a group if it is a collective effort, or spent by just someone, as long as the open-source driver is uploaded alongside examples to open-source codesharing site GitHub. Microsoft execs certainly won’t be smiling with this news, but it might help them achieve the 5 million unit sales target as hackers start purchasing it to win that delicious prize.
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