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Xbox One Kinect: third-party sensor stand comes with privacy filter

Monday, 28th October 2013 10:27 GMT By Dave Cook

Xbox One peripheral manufacturer PDP has created a third-party Kinect mount that comes with a privacy filter to block out the device’s cameras. It’s available to pre-order on Amazon now.

The stand will run you $19.99 and you can check out its full product listing here.

A solution for flat screen televisions and space issues, the mount’s sliding ‘blindfold’ will block out the Kinec’ts RBG and IR cameras. PDP’s product description reads, “It’s fast and easy to install, requiring no tools. Perfect for flat panel HD TVs. The privacy cover protects your privacy by blocking both the RGB and IR cameras.”

It follows Microsoft’s repeated claims that it will not target adverts using Kinect unless users offer their consent. Regardless, some gamers out there still seem cagey about how the device will be used to monitor their habits.

What do you make of the issue?

Via Polygon & Eurogamer.

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  1. viralshag

    $20 for something you can do with a bit of tape and card. Nice.

    #1 6 months ago
  2. polygem

    the whole kinect nsa thing still is the no1 reason i wont buy into xbox. shame really, i loved the 360 but this, even now that i can plug it off, is a dealbreaker for me.

    #2 6 months ago
  3. Xbone

    Really? A mount for 20 bucks? Jesus fucking christ.

    #3 6 months ago
  4. Kieran

    xbox one manufacturer pdp made a new accessory ?? so a company thats work for microsoft made this useless thing ?? if microsoft said there not spying then why make this ?? 19.99$ of junk !!! microsoft really are going all out for your money with xbox one !! they still wouldn’t include a built in battery for the controller

    #4 6 months ago
  5. TheBlackHole

    I just don’t care.

    People are losing their shit over something they’ve been through a hundred times with other companies.

    Check the T&Cs of any major technology provider and then tell me what’s so horrendous about Kinect, given that you can turn any apect of it off, or just not plug it in.

    @2

    Having something you don’t even have to take out of the box is a dealbreaker?

    How about the fact that Sony are continuing to use a hardward manufacturer that basically admitted to slave labour… that’s okay is it?

    #5 6 months ago
  6. KineticCalvaria

    @4, it’s third party, not Microsoft owned.

    #6 6 months ago
  7. Fin

    *Note: NSA can still listen to your conversations.

    #7 6 months ago
  8. pcbros

    @7 – Pretty sure they just read that comment too, your text messages, what you said while playing your last multi-player game, what you said over the cellphone, what you recently bought, etc.

    The NSA is everywhere! :P

    #8 6 months ago
  9. DrDamn

    @5
    “Having something you don’t even have to take out of the box is a dealbreaker?”

    If it’s a significant amount of the price you had to pay then it’s understandable. Personally I don’t give a crap about the privacy controversy, what matters more is whether it provides something meaningful to the experience (games or otherwise). I think it could but I don’t think that’s been proven or shown conclusively yet.

    I’ve enjoyed some Kinect 1 games. Stuff like Kinect Sports and Wreakateer were fun with friends. Kinect 2 could provide a lot more if the voice recognition has come on a lot and if the increased accuracy can be harnessed well. It’s also good to see games looking to support it in conjunction with the controller and not just exclusively.

    #9 6 months ago
  10. 151proof

    Make it out of tin foil and I am sold!

    #10 6 months ago
  11. bradk825

    I was hoping for a TV top mount, but I was hoping for like 10 bucks, not 20.

    #11 6 months ago
  12. polygem

    “Having something you don’t even have to take out of the box is a dealbreaker?”

    of course, because it´s the attitude behind this. i don´t want to support the idea, simple as that. if there would actually be new laws that clarify which data is allowed to be used, laws that help making things more transparent for the users – and if law will truly be enforced in that regard if corps break it, i´d be happy to use the kinect. it´s a nice idea and i think it could bring interesting stuff to games but in the legal environment regarding online security we´re in these days (or the lack of that), i just can´t support it.
    technology is faster than our legal systems these days, many corps abuse that. it´s quite interesting to watch actually.
    the prism thing and ms´s part in it just was too much for me. i know i know, i use google too but you got to start somewhere, right? :) also, the kinect sensors, camera, mic combo is on a whole new level. again, i don´t believe that people will get spied by recording their bedrooms, listening to their voice chat but it´s all about the meta data that they will collect, sell, use for science, advertisers etc etc. as long as i don´t know what they are doing with the data they collect from me – i wont buy their stuff. that simple.

    #12 6 months ago
  13. TheBlackHole

    @13

    “it´s all about the meta data that they will collect, sell, use for science, advertisers etc etc.”

    If they use it for science, all the better. And if you’re concerned about your ‘metadata’ being tracked, you best stop using the internet altogether.

    #13 6 months ago
  14. antraxsuicide

    @14 +1

    @13 Every single piece of tech you use does everything you say you’re avoiding. Phones, PCs, browsers, et al.

    #14 6 months ago
  15. karma

    The fact that a third party mount like this exists at all is very telling about how the general public feel about a souped up surveillance camera in disguise in their homes.

    Good for PDP if they make money out of MS bad idea.

    I myself will not have need for a filter like this though, since I wont let an Xbone anywhere near my home.

    #15 6 months ago
  16. Luciano666

    Toaster, yesterday, said that “everything’s fine”.

    #16 6 months ago
  17. pcbros

    If you are paranoid about privacy, using the internet, cellphones and any “smart” device is deadly and should be avoided at all costs.

    Want privacy?

    Cut the phone lines, disconnect internet, throw away your WiFi router and cellphones. Map out your local pay phones, give friends and family a schedule of when you will be at said pay phones and you are set to enjoy your new private life.

    Closing your blinds is not mandatory but will give you ultra privacy.

    #17 6 months ago
  18. Kreion

    @15

    It proves that the general public is a stupid mass of flesh with the ability to complain and that’s about it. They are never informed about anything, nor will they take the time to look it up – they’ll just believe whatever the loudest voice shouts. Which is also true for the vast majority of the internet.

    I mean look at you – complaining about the NSA whilst using the internet?

    Never use the general public’s opinions on tech to back up your point – they’re idiots.

    #18 6 months ago