Adafruit Industries is looking for the first (and probably the only) OK Prize laureate. What’s that you say? The Open Kinect Prize will go to the first person to deliver open-source software drivers for Kinect. Just to make sure that bragging rights and Microsoft’s wrath are not all that the eventual winner gets, the DIY electronics kit supplier has announced a $2,000 prize.
Adafruit has this to say about its maiden “X Prize type project” on its blog: “Anyone around the world can work on this, including Microsoft Upload your code, examples and documentation to GitHub. First person / group to get RGB out with distance values being used wins, you’re smart – you know what would be useful for the community out there. All the code needs to be open source and/or public domain. Email us a link to the repository, we and some “other” Kinect for Xbox 360 hackers will check it out – if it’s good to go, you’ll get the $2,000 bounty!”
Adafruit initially promised a $1,000 bounty, but later doubled it after Microsoft expressed its displeasure at the OK Prize. A MS spokesperson informed Cnet that the device features a number of software and hardware safeguards to reduce the possibility of tampering. Also, the company has vowed to “make advances in these types of safeguards and work closely with law enforcement and product safety groups to keep Kinect tamper-resistant.”
How excited are you about the prospect of using Kinect with a PC?