Our guide to the first and newest "remixes" of Microsoft's $150 infrared laser depth sensor.

Encouraged by a low price tag and a USB port left open “by design,” the open-source community quickly cracked the Microsoft X-Box 360 Kinect module and published guides to accessing its infrared depth sensor. Interactive designers seized on the opportunity to repurpose the affordable 3-D imaging technology to their own creative projects.

Here are ten of the new breed of Kinect Hacks:

Hector Martin of Spain won $3,000 from Adafruit Industries for being the first to upload open-source code for the Kinect. He posted his successful “hack” just three hours after European launch time. He plans to use the Kinect to integrate live performance into his custom laser light shows.

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