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Xbox 360 Kinect controller hacked to work on Mac

Kinect on Mac OS X.

@ShaneMcGlaun
Published Fri, Nov 12 2010 11:04 AM CST   |   Updated Mon, Oct 19 2020 8:13 PM CDT
I'm not one to get an input device just because it's cool or popular. I like cool and popular gear, but more importantly, the stuff has to work and have a purpose. I think that the Microsoft Kinect motion controller for the Xbox 360 has a good use on the console, but on a computer, I am not convinced that there is any reason for it to be there. A geek has now hacked the Kinect controller to work with Mac OS X.

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The controller apparently works with the OS, but it is unable to actually control anything. The potential to control something is there, but I just don't get the need for this at all. I can agree that its cool to get it to work on the Mac, but the reality is outside of modding fans having Kinect work on anything other than the Xbox is of dubious value. If you are one of these modding fans that wants to hack into the device the guy who made the Mac mod used an open source tool called libfreenect to do the deed.

The guy crafted a Mac port for the software and offers it on his own site for you to download. I can only assume that the point of Kinect is for game control like on the Xbox, I'll stick with the mouse and keyboard that have served me well for years and year's thank you.
NEWS SOURCE:maclife.com

Shane is a long time technology writer who has been writing full time for over a decade. Shane will cover all sorts of news for TweakTown including tech and other topics. When not writing about all things geeky, he can be found at the track teaching noobs how to race cars.

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