Microsoft Embraces Hackers

Added by on December 21, 2010

The new Kinect gaming device from Microsoft is attracting computer programmers who are manipulating the device to do things it was not meant to do.

Kinect is designed to be plugged into an Xbox console and works by allowing users to control their actions on the screen by just moving their bodies. However, Oliver Kreylos, a computer scientist, downloaded software that made it possible to connect the device to his computer instead, allowing him to create “holographic” images.

He posted a video of this on YouTube that has already attracted 1.8 million viewers.

Microsoft was initially not excited about the idea, stating they would take legal measures to stop “product tampering.” However, they have since changed their minds. “Any time there is engagement and excitement around our technology, we see that as a good thing,” according to senior director for Xbox Live at Microsoft, Craig Davidson.

Loren Johnson, analyst with Frost & Sullivan, said that Microsoft and others should pay attention to this kind of outsider innovation, and incorporate them into future products: “It’s a trend that is undeniable, using public resources to improve on products, whether it be the Kinect or anything else,” she said.

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