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Hacking together a Kinect port

Create a DIY Kinect USB & Power adapter.


Just a quicky on how I hacked together a DIY Microsoft Kinect port. The Kinect port is non standard, USB-like port, and to actually connect it to a PC you must buy an adapter from microsoft for >30$. This is whack. You should make your own. All you need is access to a lasercutter, vinylcutter, plexiglass 1/8″, some copper sheet and solder equip.

So basically cut a piece of plexi that looks like this:

And print a piece of copper in the vinyl cutter that looks like this:

This is the upper and lower pins of the Kinect port, I got from here.

Then I pasted the cut copper on the plexi.

Then I had to solder it properly, I looked at the USB pin layout here, and sorted out what pin goes where: 5v VCC to 5v, GND to GND, Data+, Data-, etc..
I also got a 12VDC female connector, to connect an adapter.

And came up with this:

That’s it.

Thanks for tuning in,

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