Business is booming on Kinect as Microsoft embraces hackers
Walking the floor at Microsoft’s conference center in Redmond yesterday for the conclusion of the three-month Kinect Accelerator startup program, it was remarkable to see not just tech demos but full-fledged companies being built on the company’s Kinect sensor.
Nconnex uses Kinect to recreate a room on screen, letting people see how furniture would look and fit in their space.
A Los Angeles-based startup called Styku has struck a deal to pilot its Kinect-powered virtual fitting room technology with a major retailer, a key step toward a broader rollout.
Toronto-based GestSure Technologies, has just received U.S. clearance to start offering its Kinect-based, hands-free technology for surgeons in operating rooms.
Ikkos Training, based in Seattle, has developed a Kinect app for virtual physical therapy, to supplement traditional sessions. The sensor can count repetitions, among other features.
Nconnex, of Hadley, Mass., lets consumers scan a room with Kinect and insert virtual representations of furniture into the digital scene to see what it would look like in their space.
New York-based Voxon is using Kinect to give artists and cinematographers the ability to create volumetric 3D productions reminiscent of the famous Princess Leia hologram from Star Wars.
ZebCare, from Boston, is using the Kinect to let families check the status of independent seniors without invading their privacy, providing a blurred-out overhead view and analytics.
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