The swell hackers at Adafruit Industries have declared a winner in their cash-prize contest to reverse-engineer the Microsoft Kinekt controller and release a free/open library that would let hardware hackers incorporate it into their own projects. The winner is a fine gent named Hector, who says, "Here's my take on the Kinect driver. Supports depth and RGB images and displays them on an OpenGL window. It's very hacky right now but it does prove the concept :)"
To commemorate Hector's achievement, Adafruit is giving him $3,000 (he's vowed to spend it on more hacking tools), and will donate a further $2,000 to the Electronic Frontier Foundation.
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