Hacker Awarded $3,000 Prize for Creating the First Open Source Kinect Driver
Microsoft hates this, but it is what it is. A hacker named Hector was awarded $3,000 for being the first person to create an open source Kinect driver.
Kinect is a "controller-free gaming and entertainment experience" created by Microsoft for the Xbox 360. Its software is closed-source and proprietary.
About a week ago a company called Adafruit offered a $1,000 bounty to the first person to hack the device and build an open source driver for it. Microsoft got snippy and the company upped the bounty to $2,000 and eventually to $3,000.
Hector said that he plans to invest the money in hacking tools and devices for groups of hackers he works with.
Adafruit said they will also be donating an additional $2,000 to the Electronic Frontier Foundation.