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Microsoft is to open up its Xbox Kinect technology to allow amateur software developers to experiment with it.

The company is to release a software development kit in the spring, which will give developers access to the secrets behind the technology.

For now it will only be for personal use, but Microsoft says it will release a commercial version in due course.
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I think this is a good opportunity to make better use of this technology; as the current games available for Kinect are lackluster at best.
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Awesome. I don't know what else to say. This is how hardware should be treated.
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Awesome. I don't know what else to say. This is how hardware should be treated.
Good PR too against Sony attempting to crack down on GeoHot and other associated hackers of the rivaling PS3 platform. Well played, MS. Well played.
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I think this is a good opportunity to make better use of this technology; as the current games available for Kinect are lackluster at best.
So MS realized after how everyone reacts to Sony that they shouldn't follow that mantra? Guess Sony was useful for something after all.

MS isn't caring about their software being infringed or altered? Interesting. This world really has gone upside down lately. Everyone else is cracking down their hardware and MS isn't. This is a new decade like that one person's sig says.
     
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So MS realized after how everyone reacts to Sony that they shouldn't follow that mantra? Guess Sony was useful for something after all.
They were doing this before sony started all that nonsense.
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Nice. I wish other companies would follow their example (i'm looking at you, Motorola...)
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They were doing this before sony started all that nonsense.
Really? Alright. Being on the ball. I feel strange since MS doesn't sound half as bad as it used to.

But I've been wondering what makes these companies try to stifle and prevent people from doing things with their hardware? I guess MS isn't afraid of they'll lose profits or something on this.
     
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Before this goes in the wrong direction direction, keep in mind that nobody has actually hacked the Kinect's software, or if they have, it hasn't been a big issue.

What HAS happened is that someone managed to make their own drivers for it, using original software, which Microsoft had absolutely no problem with. Not really comparable to the issue with Sony, where someone has reverse-engineered it their code.

Further, once MS gives everyone the key to the castle, there won't really be a need to hack it...they've nipped that already-non-existent problem in the bud.

Between that and the way the deald with the WP7 jailbreak...

...I'm actually pretty impressed with Microsoft as of late.
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Good PR too against Sony attempting to crack down on GeoHot and other associated hackers of the rivaling PS3 platform. Well played, MS. Well played.
sony's hackers arent doing much for innovation with hacking. i dont see anybody doing any cool move stuff, i just see COD cheaters and piracy on the PS3.
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quite cool can't wait to see what gets developed for this
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