Is Kinect Already Hacked?

Judge for yourself. Someone claims to have written a driver for the Kinect's motor, and he's extracted a Kinect's-eye view of what players look like to the device (above).


A while back we had a series of monochromatic shots animated together, showing you how the Kinect recognizes players. This gives you a better view of it. Below, you can see NUI Group user AlexP controlling the Kinect's motor.

Forum commenters at Adafruit, offering the $2,000 bounty for hacking the device, speculate that controlling the camera's motor is perhaps the easiest feat in hacking the Kinect. The skeletal imaging is pretty cool, but reading the terms of Adafruit's bounty, it sounds like just seeing what the device sees doesn't win the challenge. But it's probably a step along the way.

Did This Person Just Win The Open Kinect Prize? [Adafruit via Gizmodo]


Challenge to do it? Okay I get that.

But what in the world would be an application to hacking this? Constant spycam? Well if you could hack someone's xbox across live to set that up only to watch someone play the bulk of their time with a controller or something but... I don't get it. Surely there is other easier targets for malicious intent.