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
Microsoft releases less-terse statement. Says it will not sue developers
Code Laboratories in Nevada claims it's hacked Kinect; says it can be yours for a $10,000 "donation"
Kinect goes on sale in Europe and is hacked that day by a Spaniard who claims the Adafruit prize
Kinect mania begins on YouTube. Flood of amazing demonstration videos
Kinect works on Mac; virtual air-painting app is born
Software code for Kinect, hosted on GitHub.com is viewed 15,051 times
Microsoft says it has sold 1 million Kinects
Willow Garage inserts Kinect code into its robot operating system
Microsoft says Kinect sales reach 2.4 million (predicts 5.5m for year)
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