Microsoft Accelerator for Kinect, that opened with 11 participating teams in Seattle concluded with "Demo Day," an all-day event, where each of the startups presented their business plans and applications in front of more than 150 investors and journalists.
The team notes they hoped to receive 100 to 150 applications, but ended up with nearly 500 from more than 60 countries. There were so many amazing, creative ideas from a whole range of talented, successful people.
"These 11 teams are helping accelerate and push the boundary of what's possible with Kinect for Windows, and inspiring others to think creatively about what the future looks like when Kinect-enabled, touch-free NUI experiences are commonplace," said Microsoft.
In the picutre above übi team, from Munich, Germany, demonstrate their Kinect-enabled technology that allows users to turn almost any screen or surface into a touch-enabled display.
"The Kinect Accelerator program is an incubation program for startups, focused on the Kinect platform. Learn about the process of selecting the eleven participating companies, and how they're starting to build the next generation of natural user interface (NUI) applications."
There were a lot great moments at Demo Day; here are just a few of many:
A little more of the story behind the Microsoft Accelerator for Kinect…and why Kinect?
Kinect Accelerated: The Road to Demo Day: Get a peek inside the wonderful chaos of the Kinect Accelerator program, and experience what the journey was like that led to Demo Day.
Jintronix kicked off the 11 presentations from the teams who have been participating in this program in Seattle for the last 13 weeks. They stood in front of a room of over 100 venture capitalists and drew spontaneous applause for their Kinect based solution that looks set to transform physical therapy and in home rehabilitation.
They set a high bar that the team who followed lived up to. Each team has 7 minutes to explain who they are, why they'd just given up 3 months of their lives to be in Seattle on a beer and pizza diet and what they had created. The solutions ranged from healthcare, to retail and entertainment and almost all of them already have customers and/or funding in place. I've watched the so-called Kinect Effect from the beginning but this was a humbling experience to see what Kinect has enabled. I noticed a few Microsoft researchers in the room who are Kinect "hackers" themselves and though you'd imagine they've seen much of the potential of Kinect, they were impressed by what was being shown.
Kinect Accelerated: The Power of the Mentors: Explore the ways mentors have been a powerful resource for start-ups in the Kinect Accelerator program.