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December 14th, 2010
12:27 PM ET

THE BIG I: Hacking Microsoft's Kinect

Today's Big I is all about hacking Microsoft's Kinect.  It's the camera equipment out on the market right now for the Xbox 360.  Researchers at MIT's Media Lab, Greg Elliott, Aaron Zinman, Doug Fritz & Roy Shilkrot, hacked Kinect to create a hands-free web browser.  Their work is open source so others can build on top of their project.

Click here to see a demo of the technology & to check out the team who developed it.

We also received this statement from Microsoft about MIT's work with Kinect:

“The enthusiasm in the scientific community, specifically researcher and academic communities, around the potential applications of Kinect for Xbox 360 is exciting to see. We are comfortable with hobbyists taking advantage of Kinect to explore the exciting possibilities of Kinect for Xbox 360 for themselves.  We do note, however, that any of these uses of the Kinect for Xbox 360 are not licensed or authorized by Microsoft, and any modification of the Kinect would void the warranty.”

Filed under: Ali Velshi • Anchors • The Big I
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  1. Jane

    The President might not be from Ohio, but he is from Chicago. He has not lived in Hawaii for decades. What is it with this guy that his visits back to his actual home in Chicago are so rare? It seems he would rather spend his time at glitzy resorts and expensive locations.

    December 14, 2010 at 1:36 pm |
  2. Shep

    Again I watched today's broadcast and was amazed by the technology. I have been trying to reach Ali and his producers to introduce two other pieces of technology to consider. One is a vein illumination devicde that saves time, money and provides patient comfort. the othjer is a sensor chip that can be embedded in autos that reads blood alcohol levels through the skin. It will be a great way to combat DUI. I hope we cna speak about these. Shep

    December 14, 2010 at 1:57 pm |
  3. Frederic Bien

    Great job Ali finding this new piece of technology. When it works well, this could be HUGE. Being able to manipulate website via hand gestures. I can imagine wonderful opportunities in presentations, promotional displays, school lectures, auditoriums. It would allow presenters to become almost like actors in front of the public, instead of being stuck behind a lectern. Great job to MIT Media Lab researcher, and also to Microsoft for enabling this technology. This combined with the smallness of cameras is going to change our world of interfacing with computers.

    It's worth pointing out in the demo: Where is the camera? Eventually, it will be just a little dot on the top of the screen of the laptop.

    December 14, 2010 at 11:03 pm |