Tuesday, April 03, 2012

Microsoft kicks off Kinect Accelerator program to take 11 Kinect-centric start-ups to the next level

Today, Microsoft welcomes finalists to Seattle for its first-ever Kinect Accelerator, a three-month program for entrepreneurs, engineers and innovators to create new business applications through the magic of Kinect with the potential to enhance everyday business practices and revolutionize industries. The Kinect Accelerator is a Microsoft Accelerator program powered by TechStars.
From healthcare and training to entertainment and 3D modeling, eleven companies from across the globe have been selected to participate in the Kinect Accelerator, which will be held in Seattle from April to June with the goal of building exciting products and great companies with Kinect.

Microsoft received nearly 500 applications for the Kinect Accelerator with concepts spanning nearly 20 different industries, including healthcare, education, retail, entertainment, and more. After a rigorous and competitive review process, the following 11 finalists from five countries were selected:

Freak'n Genius – Seattle, WA.

GestSure Technologies – Toronto, Canada.

IKKOS – Seattle, WA.

Kimetric – Buenos Aires, Argentina.

Jintronix Inc. – Montreal, Canada.

Manctl – Lyon, France.

NConnex – Hadley, MA.

Styku - Los Angeles, CA.

├╝bi interactive – Munich, Germany.

VOXON – New York, NY.

Zebcare – Boston, MA.

Participants will be mentored by entrepreneurs and venture capitalists as well as executives from Kinect for Windows, Xbox, Microsoft Studios, Microsoft Research and other Microsoft organizations. At the end of the program, each company will have the opportunity to present their innovation at an event in front of an audience of potential investors.

Participants will have the opportunity to develop with Kinect for Windows, a platform that combines a Kinect for Windows sensor, software development kit, and commercial license to enable businesses and developers to create a new class of Windows-based applications using movement, gestures and voice. Kinect for Windows gives companies and organizations worldwide the tools and resources to build innovative solutions to enhance their operations and relationships with customers.

For more information on Kinect for Windows or to follow the Kinect Accelerator, please visit the Kinect for Windows blog or KinectAccelerator.com.

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Source From Engadget

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