Microsoft’s Kinect for Xbox 360 was released in early November of this year and went on to sell over 2.5 million units in the first 25 days. The sensor allows players to control a game through body movements, and its relatively low price and widespread availability quickly made it a popular item to hack and modify. Upon the Kinect’s release, Adafruit Industries announced they would pay $3000 the first person to hack it, about which Microsoft initially voiced disapproval. Six days after the North American release of the Kinect, Adafruit declared Héctor Martín the winner. Microsoft released a statement that the “Kinect was not actually hacked” because Martín had not modified the Kinect to cheat on Xbox games nor had he obtained and used the algorithms inside the Xbox, which is their definition of hacked. Regardless of your definition of hacking, Martín hacked the sh*t out of the Kinect and it was awesome.
Since then, several cool Kinect modifications have been successfully made. Here are the 12 best Kinect hacks so far this year (besides Martín’s) in no particular order, as well as five honorable mentions and the worst Kinect hack of the year: