Microsoft picks 11 startups to build apps for Kinect in Microsoft’s Kinect Accelerator program

By Stephany Nunneley
3 April 2012 21:16 GMT

Microsoft and TechStars have chosen 11 different startups to participate in the Microsoft’s Kinect Accelerator program where the teams will be creating apps for Kinect.

The startups will be handed $20,000 each along with free office space for three months as well as development tools, and “other perks,” according to Business Insider.

Here’s a list of what the finalists are working on:

  • Freak’n Genius lets anyone animate using Kinect.
  • GestSure Technologies brings gestural, touchless interaces into the operating room.
  • Ikkos uses algorithms to teach movements so that anyone can move like an Olympian.
  • Jintronix uses Kinect and 3D gaming to improve rehabilitative therapies.
  • Kimetric is in stealth mode.
  • Manctl made a cheap 3D scanner using Kinect.
  • Nconnex is using the Kinect to rethink healthcare, e-commerce, and education. One of the products lets you try furniture before you buy it.
  • Styku wants to reinvent how you shop online by giving you an avatar that lets you “try on” clothes before you buy it.
  • Ubi can turn any display into a 3D touch-screen.
  • Voxon wants to democratize 3D tech by letting artists, filmmakers, and game designers dabble in 3D more freely.
  • Zebare is in stealth mode.

The finalists were chosen out of 500 applicants, and the accelerator program is taking place in Seattle from now until June.


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