Consumer who buy a Microsoft Kinect motion control camera may find themselves exposed online after hackers cracked the code for the camera following a $2,000 wager among hackers.
A company headed up by two MIT graduates offered the $2,000 prize money to anyone able to hack the Kinect system and shortly after the prize was offered a video showing the camera cracked was released. Now Microsoft is scrambling to fix the problem. The video has been posted to YouTube.
Limor Fried and Phillip Torrone, of Adafruit Industries, think that the tech used in Kinect is too useful to not be adapted for use in non-gaming applications.
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Microsoft does not condone modifications said Tech Radar in the UK.
In a statement issued by Microsoft they said “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.”
The hackers have provided a video which they hope proves how they have managed to work around Microsoft’s security measures to get control of Kinects’s motors.
“It’s amazing hardware that shouldn’t just be locked up for Xbox 360,” said Adafruit’s Phillip Torrone.
“Its ‘radar camera’ being able to get video and distance as a sensor input from commodity hardware is huge.” You can see the Kinect hack video from YouTube.