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Microsoft To Back Kinect-Based Startups 200

Posted by timothy
from the cheaper-than-going-through-hr-dept dept.
angry tapir writes "Microsoft has announced a program designed to help 10 developers or startups launch businesses around products for Kinect, the controller that senses motion and voice. Developers with Kinect applications for the Xbox or Windows are invited to apply to the Kinect Accelerator program, even though Microsoft does not yet allow the sale of products based on Kinect for Windows."
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Microsoft To Back Kinect-Based Startups

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  • Rip-off central (Score:5, Informative)

    by tomhudson (43916) <barbara.hudson@NOSpAM.barbara-hudson.com> on Sunday November 20, 2011 @07:53PM (#38119830) Journal
    You get $20,000, but you have to relocate your team to Seattle for 3 months, AND give up 6% of your business.

    Forget it charlie brown.

  • Re:Yay (Score:5, Informative)

    by CmdrPony (2505686) on Sunday November 20, 2011 @08:18PM (#38119970)
    Where does it say they need to be games? Besides, motion controls make a lot of sense for certain things. Note that Microsoft is especially looking for innovators here, and helping get them going by offering $20,000, training and offices. Lots of startups don't have access to such, but have good ideas.
  • Re:Yay (Score:4, Informative)

    by oakgrove (845019) on Sunday November 20, 2011 @09:12PM (#38120214)
    Why bother? To a fanboy no proof would ever be enough. The display text before image patent was filed after Netscape described the process in their browsers release notes. Now tell me how Microsoft didn't read the documentation for their chief competitor's at the time flagship product.
  • Re:Rip-off central (Score:4, Informative)

    by Baloroth (2370816) on Sunday November 20, 2011 @09:24PM (#38120278)

    (what - you were going to just let them "offer" you a convenient place to work out of that they have the keys to? Are you retarded????)

    From TFA:

    The 10 people or startups accepted into the Kinect Accelerator program will spend three months in Seattle working out of the Kinect Accelerator office,where they will receive technical training and support and be mentored by entrepreneurs, investors and Microsoft executives.

    So, does reading TFA mean I'm retarded? Yeah, I kinda did think they were going to offer a convenient place to work out of, since working with Microsoft people is kind of the point. What, did you think MS wants them to move there just for shits and giggles?

  • Re:Rip-off central (Score:4, Informative)

    by tomhudson (43916) <barbara.hudson@NOSpAM.barbara-hudson.com> on Sunday November 20, 2011 @10:43PM (#38120642) Journal

    No, timing is not central. If your product idea will be totally trounced by the competition in 6 months, it's proof you need a better idea, because there are always delays and road-blocks that cause time slip.

    #1 example - the iPad. Microsoft had one a decade before. Amazing how Microsoft so dominated the market that nobody can compete.

    #2 example - Android and iPhone. Microsoft had been in the mobile market for so long that there wasn't room for even one competitor, never mind two.

    #3 example - Linux got onto netbooks faster, and so totally dominated the netbook market that even trusty familiar XP couldn't gain a toe-hold.

    In other words, from the success of the iPad, Android, and iPhone, and the ongoing failure of Linux on netbooks, we can see that timing is not as critical as having something that is usable. A crappy rushed product in 3 months won't beat a good product in 12 months. All your crappy product will do is make people avoid the better iteration 12 months down the road, in favor of your competitor. And kill you with restocking fees.

Aren't you glad you're not getting all the government you pay for now?

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