Turns out Microsoft is changing their minds about hackers and the awesomeness they create. Changing their minds because I’m sure they’ve realized what kind of dough could be made from such an enterprise. Originally, Microsoft released a statement in response to proposed Kinect hacks,
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.
But they are whistling a completely different tune with the release of an official Software Development Kit, or SDK. First reported by Rory Cellan-Jones, BBC’s technology correspondent, through his twitter account we’ve now learned that the SDK will be called, Kinect for Windows SDK from Microsoft Research. Crazy news, right? Microsoft is actually saying, hackers of the world, please take apart our new motion-controlled bit o’ hardware and develop really cool things to do with it. Here’s Microsoft’s official statement on what the kit will contain,
The starter kit will give academic researchers and enthusiasts access to deep Kinect system capabilities such as audio, system APIs, and direct control of the sensor. Microsoft will deliver a commercial version of the SDK later. There are no further details to share at this time.
We’ve already seen some cool hacks for the Kinect. Take the dudes who developed a way for gamers to control their World of Warcraft avatars with Kinect,
Who knows what could come down the line if Microsoft actually works with hackers. Maybe Sony could take a hint from what Microsoft is doing here. If you haven’t heard, Sony is in the middle of serious crackdown on hackers which is covered in depth over at Geohot’s blog. Whose Geohot? Oh he’s the one Sony is suing for releasing their, “PS3 metldr key and a jailbreak to allow homebrew(and just homebrew) to be played on your personal PS3.” I’m no hacker so for all the gritty, techy details about Sony’s case check out his blog. If you want the gritty, techy details about how awesomely cool Microsoft is being check our their official news release at Microsoft Research.
I’m really hoping some great games and features come from this. Since I’ve opened my Kinect it’s been used only to show off for visitors. There really isn’t much to make me play it for myself, I can only play so much beach volleyball. Get crackin’ hackers!