Xbox 360 maker giving 10 groups $20,000 and three months to develop the next big thing using motion-sensing camera peripheral.
The Kinect was released last year primarily as a closed commercial product, but it quickly drew interest from indie coders who hacked it to do everything from helping pilot a helicopter-like device to improving operating room efficiency for surgeons. Microsoft is looking to foster more of that sort of experimentation by giving small teams money to build a business around the Kinect's functionality.
Announced today, the Kinect Accelerator program will offer 10 teams three months and $20,000 to create a business based around the Kinect and Natural User Interface technologies. Microsoft provides a few examples of qualifying concepts, but the main requirement is that the business takes advantage of the Kinect.
The program will run next year from March to May, and selected teams must be able to relocate to Seattle, Washington, for the duration of the program. In addition to funding, the incubator will provide office space, development tools, technical training and support, mentorship, input from investors and Microsoft executives, and more. A demo day will be held at the end of the 90 days for teams to pitch their work to angel investors, venture capitalists, Microsoft executives, and the media.
Applications are being accepted now through January 25, 2012. Early submissions will be granted additional consideration.
I'll be honest, I bought the slim xbox/kinect bundle, Absolutely happy with my upgrade from xbox's, But the kinect itself.....meh. I had a good run of kinect sports over live, But since then all it does for me is brighten up the t.v from sleep mode when i sit on the couch...handy,but hardly worth a wow factor. Plus here in australia we still dont have speech recognition yet...i believe its coming soon but,well uno ive had it for like a year now. It cant compute the australian accent yet lol. Have a good day :-)
@hig1134 Xbot? I am a diehard Sony fan. I play my PS3 not my Xbox on a Sony TV and use Sony brand surround sound headphones. I love SONY but i know that MOVE and Kinect were both failures. Kinects only saving grace is that it can be used outside of gaming, the move can't. Motion controls must die.
LOL Love the haters in here. Clearly you do not understand business. MS is basically making a power move with this. 20k is nothing to MS but it will give a small business start-up capitol and could produce High quality innovation. Another genius move by MS.
Hey Microsoft, I've got the answer to all of your problems - "The Gunstringer 2." You're welcome, I accept cash or check.
@vega13mv Have you ever actually looked at what percentage of the games the console developer actually makes? Not a lot. A good chunk of the AAA titles, in MS's case, but very few of the grand total. Sony makes even less. Nintendo probably makes the most out any of them, in terms of quantity, but the fewest in terms of percentage. Long story short: it's expected that 3rd parties will make these games. Don't like it, complain to them. What you're doing in akin to buying a Vizio tv and blaming Vizeo for no good channels.
They just made the hardware...throw it on the table and ask developers to make something amazing with it....Kinect is actually a very innovative piece of equipment but the games...not so hot :D
Even though this is unlikely to generate new videogames for kinect. It can lead to some interesting ideas. The hospital operating room application was the best. So 3 months 20,000 to actually "screw around" and "hack" the kinect device. The idea sounds interesting. Even if no videogames result.
wow, even MS doesn't know what the hell to do with it so they're paying people to come up with something. Here's a $20,000 idea MS, make good games instead.
I have a Kinect, the only thing this thing is good for is netflix. What a shame.Game developers arent even freaking trying to make use f it. Thx alot microsoft. :(
@cr8ive they did but then they ignored......as long as they don't sell the stuff they made MS was okay with it.....but this is to see whether if with enough incentive, they can make a software that they can actually sell. Of course they won't buy every person that knows how to hack a kinect......that would be human trading
And yet when the first kinect hackers started to appear, MS were very vigilant trying to shut them down... ...then the first rule of MS kicks in... "If you can't beat them... buy them!"
So, wait, the Kinect incubator isn't something you can put a Kinect in and have it grow into something good? Damn.
What qualifies for the Kinect Accelerator? Any Kinect-enabled application on Windows or Xbox that can be a commercial business Manufacturing to retail, education to healthcare, art installations to gaming, social to interactive play?hmmm, the possibilities Can be cloud-hosted, on any platform, but needs to be an application Could be one view of an application that may also have a web UI, mobile UI, etc Kinect-controlled applications, like what you have on your phone, but on a big screen or a computer screen Content you might expect to consume in your living room or in an operating room Go ahead, surprise us! Reference: http://www.microsoft.com/bizspark/Templates/Template.aspx?DynamicPageId=51 Guys looks like Microsoft has Big plans for Kinect technology. Plans that include, and far exceed the Gaming Arena. Watch out. Microsoft is on the move yet again.
Kinect is a failure as a gaming controller. So is PS move? Is that even the name? I cant remember since it's been so long since I've heard about it. If these companies make motion controllers for the next gen...it will be the end of hardcore gaming.
@iamdanthaman Where does it saying giving away $20,000? It says offer $20,000 for businesses to use the tech for user interface purposes. You can expect M$ will be getting some money back as it's like a investment. The 1 thing it is not focusing on is hardcore gamers. Where is the $20,000 for companies to give us awesome Kinect games or use Kinect in addition to a controller? I'm speaking mostly as a gamer and right now the selection sucks and is only awesome if you love dancing and avatar games. It's potential in gaming is lacking severely and it's at most getting lazily forced into worthwhile games.
sound like a great oppotunity for those trying to make it in the tech world, i mean win or lose just the exposure is a big big oppotunity bravo MS lets do this more offen
If Kinect can help make a better spy drone, robot eye, sensor of any kind that's good use of the tech, as a gaming controller it's an absolute failure and should be taken out of the equation.
@Mr_arizona Are you really going to comment on an article about MS giving away $200,000 to develop new creative uses for Kinect by saying that they are afraid to explore its potential? What exactly are they trying to accomplish here, is not explore its potential?
Kinect is a good piece of tech and has tons of potential. But M$ is afraid to explore its potential and is happy just making Kinectimals and goofy avatar games. I'm not saying turn our favorite games into Kinect only games but blend it like some Wii games do. You can either use a controller or the Kinect. In some cases both at once. Just like a system seller give us a Kinect seller game.
Looks like we're probably going to have a new Xbox by 2013, anyway. I'm more interested in that than I am an extra push for Kinect games. Kinect has some good stuff --"Dance Central 2," "The Gunstringer," "Child of Eden" -- but it isn't exactly the game changer the new console will be.
Microsoft, Microsoft, Microsoft...why not just do away with Kinect completely & give 360 owners (& future Xbox owners) some 1st/2nd party games?
kinect is pretty fun actually, its better than the gimmick wii, and I can definitely see this tech in the next xbox.
Wow it is helping doctors and pilots. That is good. Maybe one day Kinect can be used for hardcore gamers someday?
Smacks of desperation. Where are the huge Kinect titles? Where are the original ideas that will make an iffy $150 controller worth the price? Where are the AAA? I know I'm being a little cynical here, but building the controller without having the really big titles ready was putting the cart before the horse, and if they can't come up with anything of note, this would seem like the next logical step to take. It seems like they're just fishing now.
I think we'll have to wait for Ghost Recon FS and other major titles that will use kinect to see what it will be like in a real game. Kinect Sports 1/2 are the best use so far. Maybe this Novemeber update we're meant to be getting will improve Kinect use...
So I guess M$ has already forgotten what it was originally designed for: games. Guess i'll trade it in somewhere since they seem to not care about actually making games for it.
Because lord knows Microsoft doesn't know what to do with it other than keeping Rare from making good games.
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