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Microsoft Introduces 11 Kinect-Based Startups

Posted on April 3, 2012
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Microsoft probably had no idea its Kinect motion-based gaming device 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 further. The chosen startups will work closely with mentors from Microsoft Research, Microsoft Studios, Kinect for Windows, and the Xbox team as they provide support and knowledge.

The Kinect Accelerator program received almost 500 applicants, winnowing the selection to 50 before finally settling to 11 groups–one more than their original plan of taking 10 groups under their wing. These groups hail from across the globe and will receive $20,000 and office space, as well as Kinect hardware and development software to turn their ideas into reality.

Microsoft did not reveal what exactly each team is working on, only hinting that their Kinect-based programs would benefit the medical, retail, fashion, and even farm industries. The specifics of their startups would be revealed once the mentorship program concludes.

Source: Engadget

 
 

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