Harnessing the Enthusiasm of Hackers

Harnessing the Enthusiasm of Hackers

Nov. 4, Midnight

Kinect released in the U.S.

Nov. 4, Morning

DIY-kit seller Adafruit offers $1,000 to the first person to break open Kinect's software code

Nov. 4, 4:03 p.m.

"Microsoft does not condone the modification of its products," a company spokesperson tells CNET

Nov. 4, Evening

Adafruit raises ante, offers $3,000 Prize

Nov. 5

Microsoft releases less-terse statement. Says it will not sue developers

Nov. 7

Code Laboratories in Nevada claims it's hacked Kinect; says it can be yours for a $10,000 "donation"

Nov. 10

Kinect goes on sale in Europe and is hacked that day by a Spaniard who claims the Adafruit prize

Nov. 11

Kinect mania begins on YouTube. Flood of amazing demonstration videos

Nov. 14

Kinect works on Mac; virtual air-painting app is born

Nov. 15

Software code for Kinect, hosted on GitHub.com is viewed 15,051 times

Nov. 16

Microsoft says it has sold 1 million Kinects

Nov. 22

Willow Garage inserts Kinect code into its robot operating system

Dec. 1

Microsoft says Kinect sales reach 2.4 million (predicts 5.5m for year)

Dec. 9

PrimeSense, creator Kinect's hardware, acknowledges the creative ferment and opens a version to developers

Jan. 5, 2011

Steve Ballmer announces Kinect sales of 8 million

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