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When Kinect was launched for the Xbox 360, no one thought that this motion capture device can do things beyond its gaming capacity. But since its release, the Kinect has become a device for hackers ranging from student teams to noted researchers, all whie the device itself does not have that many commercial applications.

But all these might change as Microsoft and TechStars launch the Kinect Accelerator program in an effort to provide grants to potential Kinect-based startups. Applications are accepted until January 25, 2012, where ten will be chosen and participate in a three-month incubation program at Microsoft, plus $20,000 in seed funding. This is a great opportunity for those who have big ideas for a new device, service, or method of using Kinect’s real-time depth sensor.

The catch is that the incubation program is conducted in downtown Seattle and if your idea got accepted, you have to move there by springtime. Also, TechStars would be getting a 6% stake in your new company in the form of common stock. Why not? They helped you with funding your program.

Source: TechCrunch

 
 

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[...] The Kinect was introduced as a revolution in gaming, of what motion gaming is supposed to be played as players make use of their whole body and not a wand-like controller. But that lofty idea has gone to a completely different route, as hardware hackers begin to utilize the Kinect to more novel, non-gaming uses. [...]
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[...] could be hacked and utilized for various situations beyond video gaming. The company launched the Kinect Accelerator program back in November in a mission to help these cottage hackers take their Kinect development even [...]
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[...] could be hacked and utilized for various situations beyond video gaming. The company launched the Kinect Accelerator program back in November in a mission to help these cottage hackers take their Kinect development even [...]
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