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$2,000 Bounty for Writing Open Source Drivers for Kinect for Xbox 360

Microsoft’s new Kinect for the Xbox 360 is expected to be a huge seller this holiday season. Adafruit Industries is offering a $2,000 “bounty” to anyone who writes an open source driver that allows Kinect to work on a Windows, Linux, or MacOS platform in addition to Xbox 360.

The group first posted a $1,000 reward for the drivers. Shortly thereafter, Microsoft sent a letter to CNet telling them that, “Microsoft doesn’t condone the modification of its products.”

This prompted Adafruit, run by MIT Media Lab alumni Limor Fried and Make magazine Senior Editor Phillip Torrone, to increase the bounty up to $2,000 with a threat that they may up it to $3,000.


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