Microsoft's Kinect accelerator is pushing boundaries

Earlier this year, Microsoft announced a project called Kinect Accelerator. The idea was that Microsoft would pick 10 startup companies that would develop software and products made to work on the Kinect motion gesture-capture technology. In April, Microsoft announced which companies they picked to participate in the Kinect Accelerator program. As it turns out, Microsoft decided to add one more startup to the mix, bringing the total to 11 instead of 10.

The 11 startups headed to Seattle and worked for three months on their Kinect-based projects. While there, they received office space, an Xbox development kit, the Windows Kinect SDK and $20,000 for their initial software investment. While the teams developed their Kinect applications, they also received advice from Microsoft representatives.

This past week, Microsoft held the final event for this program, the Microsoft Accelerator for Kinect Demo Day. The event, as reported by the Next at Microsoft blog, had all 11 startups show off their creations in front of represenatives from over 100 venture capital firms.

One of the products included in the demo day used Kinect as the basis for a new 3D printing effort, while another was designed to help people try on virtual versions of clothes in a store before trying on the real thing. Yet another will let people use a 3D model of the inside of their home to see how new furiture might look and fit inside.

There's no word in the article if any of these projects have received funding yet, but it's clear there are a ton of ideas being generated by Kinect developers that could see the light of day as real commercial products.

Source: Next at Microsoft

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Love the idea of Kinect. Don't own one. Still waiting for just one or two truly usable PC apps to arrive. Ya know, maybe something like like just being able to navigate my PC with gestures. I'd love to be able to use my mouse, speak and wave like a lunatic to control my rig.

Years from now, your kids will look at you puzzled that we didn't have brain scanners and still needed such primitive things like mice and keyboards. Kinect really will be a step in the right direction once it gets going.

Dead'Soul said,
Microsoft knows how to steal ideas. You will never remember/hear its creator when using these technologies.

Just like nobody remembers FingerWorks did the heavy lifting for the iPhone.

Dead'Soul said,
Microsoft knows how to steal ideas. You will never remember/hear its creator when using these technologies.

And what's the basis of your claims? Microsoft have always been open in their selection process, publicly announce and credit their partners, provide full assistance as you can see here, financial as well as expertise. They encourage these kinds of things like Imagine Cup & app development contests. And as for stealing ideas, we know damn well which company is good at that. From developers of their own platform no less.

Dead'Soul said,
Microsoft knows how to steal ideas. You will never remember/hear its creator when using these technologies.

Hey, it's another post about Microsoft, they are bad...soo, I'm going to say something bad about them...