Adafruit--led by MIT Media Lab alum Limor Fried and Make magazine Senior Editor Phillip Torrone--is offering two grand to someone who can figure out how to decouple the hot new device from Microsoft's gaming machine. The bounty will go to the "first person or group to upload code and examples under an open-source license to (social-coding site) GitHub." "It's amazing hardware that shouldn't just be locked up for Xbox 360," Torrone told CNET by e-mail. "Its 'radar camera' being able to get video and distance as a sensor input from commodity hardware is huge." Adafruit is hoping someone will figure out how to use Kinect in education, robotics, or "fun outside the Xbox." "We think First Robotics could use this," Torrone said. "We think educators could use this. Look at all the cool stuff people did with the Wii remote." But Microsoft isn't taking kindly to the bounty offer. "Microsoft does not condone the modification of its products," a company spokesperson told CNET. "With Kinect, Microsoft built in numerous hardware and software safeguards designed to reduce the chances of product tampering. Microsoft will continue to make advances in these types of safeguards and work closely with law enforcement and product safety groups to keep Kinect tamper-resistant."[/p] Source I really don't think Microsoft will have any legal standpoint to sue or get these guys to stop. Not even a moral one, seeing as people will need to actually buy Kinect to use it.