When Microsoft introduced its new Kinect Accelerator startup program a number of months in the past, the corporate anticipated receiving about 150 functions. However practically 500 startup firms utilized, making the choice course of “brutally exhausting,” mentioned Craig Eisler, common supervisor for Kinect for Home windows.
“It was actually fairly exceptional and awe inspiring to see so many concepts,” mentioned Eisler, including that it was additionally a bit “overwhelming” to slim the sphere right down to 10.
In reality, Eisler and his crew couldn’t do it. So, as an alternative of accepting 10 firms as they initially deliberate, they pulled a Spinal Faucet and “went to 11.”
These 11 firms (full listing under) have been invited to Seattle this month to take part within the first-ever Kinect Accelerator, a three way partnership of Microsoft and the startup incubator TechStars. The 11 groups will obtain $20,000 in startup money in addition to entry to Microsoft applied sciences and executives as they try and construct out their new concepts on the again of Kinect.
Eisler declined to reveal particulars of every of the startups, however he mentioned the bulk are creating concepts round “real-world enterprise issues” somewhat than the video games that Kinect is finest identified for right now. Microsoft is not going to maintain an fairness stake on account of this system, as an alternative hoping to bolster its Kinect ecosystem.
“What we hope to achieve is admittedly the acceleration, getting individuals to deep dive and assume very deeply about what’s doable with Kinect whereas accelerating using Kinect in a broad-base of situations,” mentioned Eisler.
Right here’s a full have a look at these firms accepted into this system:
Freak’n Genius – Seattle, WA.
GestSure Applied sciences – Toronto, Canada.
IKKOS – Seattle, WA.
Kimetric – Buenos Aires, Argentina.
Jintronix Inc. – Montreal, Canada.
Manctl – Lyon, France.
NConnex – Hadley, MA.
Styku – Los Angeles, CA.
übi interactive – Munich, Germany.
VOXON – New York, NY.
Zebcare – Boston, MA.
Beforehand on GeekWire: Freak’n Genius: Animation startup uses Microsoft Kinect to tap your inner goofball