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Microsoft To Back Kinect-Based Startups 200

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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  • Re:Rip-off central (Score:5, Interesting)

    by The Askylist ( 2488908 ) on Sunday November 20, 2011 @08:07PM (#38119924)
    How about sign language input? Surely MS could find it in them to develop an interface to turn signing into text? Not sure how good this Kinect thing is (don't game or use Windows), but that's one useful project they could support.
  • Re:Yay (Score:5, Interesting)

    by larry bagina ( 561269 ) on Sunday November 20, 2011 @08:17PM (#38119966) Journal
    What about utilities? Consider an image viewer program. Displaying porn, naturally. Your hands are probably not free (or covered with lube). What if it did motion detection on your cock? Slowing down (or softening up) means you're bored with the current image so it will show something else.
  • by goruka ( 1721094 ) on Sunday November 20, 2011 @08:19PM (#38119974)
    My experience programming Kinect is not very good..
    It fails to detect a very large range of scenarios and poses and goes crazy with objects around the studio thinking it's persons. Put your arms together, show your side or move fast enough and it will get confused.
    It's really easy to make it show broken poses and seems only designed for tracking people front-facing it directly with arms stretched outwards..
    Even the unofficial opensource SDK does much better at keeping track of you than the real thing. Not to mention the enormous input lag.
    So, is it me or has Kinect been hyped enormously for its rather lacking technical capabilities?
  • Am I the only one (Score:4, Interesting)

    by WiiVault ( 1039946 ) on Sunday November 20, 2011 @08:33PM (#38120040)
    who is not that impressed by Kinect? Its a great concept, but between the noticeable lag and issues it has with movement recognition I find most of my Kinect games don't see much playtime when my friends come over and try it for the first time. Kudos to MS for trying something fresh and new, but I just don't think it makes games more fun, or control "better" and instead tends to make me wish for a controller or keyboard. Perhaps its just that programmers haven't figured out how to get good results, but after a year on the shelf I think it might just be not quite up to the task of being a primary interface peripheral.
  • Re:Yay (Score:3, Interesting)

    by Anonymous Coward on Sunday November 20, 2011 @08:51PM (#38120124)
    Yeah, if I made it a point to steal other people's obvious ideas and patent them, i'd be "looking for innovators" too. Especially the broke and defenseless kind. Fucking sickening what a once great company has become.
  • by nickmalthus ( 972450 ) on Sunday November 20, 2011 @10:09PM (#38120482)
    Yes, the company Micro$oft licensed the Kinect technology from Open Sourced the platform at and Asus has already has released a Kinect competitor called the Xtion Pro. If someone has a good motion capture product idea they can develop it independently of M$. This is just a ploy by Micro$oft to the troll the community for promising future product ideas so that they can patent the most promising ones for themselves.
  • by Anonymous Coward on Sunday November 20, 2011 @10:24PM (#38120558)

    The only people dumb enough to buy Microsoft's Sony Eye Toy ripoff were the same idiots who jumped on the dead HD-DVD format.

    Both are now sitting unused in those people's junk closets.

  • Re:Wrong (Score:3, Interesting)

    by Dahamma ( 304068 ) on Sunday November 20, 2011 @10:37PM (#38120620)

    You clearly haven't tried the Kinect. Currently it satisfies neither of those.

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

    by exomondo ( 1725132 ) on Sunday November 20, 2011 @10:46PM (#38120660)

    $20k is not even semi-serious money for a start-up - especially considering that, with the competition, you're going to be at least at the working prototype stage, in which case you should be looking for first-round investors, not seed money.

    This program is seed money (as well as equipment, office space and mentoring) to develop a prototype to present to investors, and if you'd bothered to actually read the page detailing the program you would know this and wouldn't be posting rubbish like this, it's really not that hard to find out.

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