Kinect-Like Open-Source Devices For the PC
Written by Michael Larabel in Hardware on 10 January 2011 at 10:46 AM EST. 10 Comments
While the free software community was successful in coming up with open-source support for Microsoft's Kinect motion sensing device, there is better support on the way. PrimeSense, the Israeli company that developed this technology, is now putting their hardware into new devices. However, it will not be up to the community to come up with open-source drivers, but the company will be providing the support themselves.

BBC News mentioned in their "Kinect for PCs being developed" article, "Development versions of the device are being sold by the Israeli company which developed the motion-spotting chips. It is releasing the code to control the device under an open licence so anyone can use it."

Additionally, "[Tamir Berliner] said the company was making the source code for the PrimeSensor available to give developers the freedom to play around with it. "It will all be open source so you can take it and port it to any device," he said. Already, he said, some programmers had developed applications and games for the PrimeSensor and uploaded them to its associated app store."
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