Microsoft and TechStars have picked 11 startups out of 500 applicants to participate in Microsoft’s Kinect Accelerator program.The accelerator is based in Seattle and will run from April to June. Startups get $20,000, free office space for three months, and other perks.
TechStars will run and fund the program, and Microsoft is providing the office space and other tools and assistance.
The 11 finalists look pretty cool. Here’s a quick look:
- 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.