The Microsoft Accelerator for Kinect
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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.
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:
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
All Things D:
These Start-Ups Aren’t Goofing Off When It Comes to Microsoft’s Kinect
Turns out Kinect is for fashionistas and surgeons, too
Q&A: TechStars CEO David Cohen sees Microsoft Kinect as a startup engine
Microsoft accelerates Kinect-based startups
The Seattle Times:
At Kinect Accelerator Demo Day: animation, rehabilitation and more
Startups use Kinect to solve problems in surgery, retail, filmmaking and
The Seattle Times:
Microsoft helps startups create business connecting with Kinect
Microsoft Press Release:
Startup Companies Take Kinect Into Uncharted Territory
Kinect engineers compete
for investment at Microsoft Accelerator
Seattle’s KOMO News
Local startup creates live action, instant animation app
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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