Eleven start-ups get $20k and free office space to develop Kinect apps

Microsoft names Kinect Accelerator finalists

Microsoft and TechStars have chosen 11 startups from 500 applicants as finalists in the Microsoft Kinect Accelerator.

The Seattle-based program will provide $20,000 and three months free office space from April to June, according to Business Insider.

The program is funded by TechStars, and the office space as well as tools and support will be furnished by Microsoft.

Here’s a list of what some of 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.
  • 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.

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