The Microsoft Accelerator for Kinect

Eleven Startups. Three Months. Unlimited Innovation.

Want to know more what the Microsoft accelerator is like? Check out the journey from the Kinect class

Pre-order the Kinect for Windows v2 sensor at Freak'n Genius CEO, Kyle Kesterson, and CTO, Dwayne Mercredi, describe how their YAKiT application uses Kinect for Windows skeletal tracking to create fun animations in real time. With Kinect for Windows, a limited webcam app becomes a premium avateering solution with the ability to animate a character with fully articulated joints and limbs. Their application is currently used in classrooms, nutrition education, playing, and storytelling.

Pre-order the Kinect for Windows v2 sensor at Ravi Komatireddy, co-founder and chief medical officer at Reflexion Health (in San Diego), explains how Reflexion Health's solution uses Kinect for Windows to transform physical therapy. By tracking a patient's range of motion and other clinical data, clinicians can engage with patients and provide them with real-time feedback as they perform their exercises at home. Through on-screen motion-analysis capabilities, clinicians can measure the patients' progress and customize their treatment to optimize therapy benefits.

Developers are excited to bring their apps to the Windows Store for the first time this summer following the release of Kinect for Windows v2, with its improved precision, responsiveness, and intuitive capabilities.

This scenario video shows how a Kinect for Windows application attracts new customers by providing them with a good understanding of a resort thru an enjoyable and easy-to-use experience, while also providing customers with an offer to receive a discount on future stays.

This scenario video demonstrates how a Kinect for Windows application engages with two people at once—welcoming them into an immersive real-time experience with the store's merchandise while also showing the Kinect Fusion scanning features that can be used as part of this and many other retail experiences.

This scenario video shows how a Kinect for Windows-enabled digital sign application makes it easy for shoppers to engage with products, try them on, and purchase while also using social media for additional marketing reach.

In this 300 level session, Microsoft's Rob Relyea goes deep into the aspects of building Windows Desktop apps & experiences with Kinect. He will also dig into the October update of the Kinect for Windows SDK and preview some future additions.

The Kinect Accelerator is complete:

All of the 11 Kinect Accelerator companies did a fantastic job at the two final Demo Days. Demand was so strong to see the final company demonstrations that we decided to host one session for all of the Microsoft mentors and supporting cast and then a separate for external audiences. At the Microsoft Demo Day, the Kinect Accelerator team hosted about 100 Microsoft employees from every division at Microsoft; which included many of the mentors who helped the team through the program, the Kinect for XBOX and Kinect for Windows teams, folks from Microsoft R&D, the Emerging Business Team and even the Microsoft facilities teams. The next day, at the Investor Demo Day, we hosted press from around the world, investors, entrepreneurs, mentors, TechStars team members, family and friends of the team for a total attendance of about 250. Both events were held in the Microsoft Conference Center at the Microsoft Redmond campus using both large theatre presentation rooms and an exhibit area where folks could interact with the Kinect experiences.

The Kinect is open for business:

Microsoft released the Kinect for Windows in February 2012 providing a commercial license to allow companies to build Kinect based solutions and distribute them with a Kinect. Now, the dreams of what you could do with Kinect could become the latest wave of entrepreneurial innovation with startups that are building businesses around Kinect. And the Kinect Accelerator proved the point with 11 new companies, many already half way through their financing rounds, beginning their journey with their presentations at the two Demo Days. These companies have product, investors, development teams, distribution channels and customers. The Kinect is Open for Business.

And the world took notice:

Throughout the lifecycle of the Kinect Accelerator, coverage was strong on the web, on TV, and in the press:

All Things D: These Start-Ups Aren’t Goofing Off When It Comes to Microsoft’s Kinect

CNET: Turns out Kinect is for fashionistas and surgeons, too

GeekWire: Q&A: TechStars CEO David Cohen sees Microsoft Kinect as a startup engine

Seattle Post-Intelligencer: Microsoft accelerates Kinect-based startups

The Seattle Times: At Kinect Accelerator Demo Day: animation, rehabilitation and more

MSNBC: Startups use Kinect to solve problems in surgery, retail, filmmaking and more

The Seattle Times: Microsoft helps startups create business connecting with Kinect

Microsoft Press Release: Startup Companies Take Kinect Into Uncharted Territory

BBC News: Kinect engineers compete for investment at Microsoft Accelerator

Seattle’s KOMO News Coverage: Local startup creates live action, instant animation app

Xconomy: Startups Burst into Motion at Kinect Accelerator Demo Day

Microsoft Press Release: What’s Next: Steve Clayton Demos Future — and Some of the Present — at WPC

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