Microsoft Will Give You $20,000 if You Can Help It Make More Money Off Kinect

on November 21, 2011 7:00 PM

If you can create software for Microsft that “you might expect to consume in your living room or in an operating room” or is “like what you have on your phone, but on a big screen or a computer screen,” you could win $20,000, office space in Seattle and an Xbox development kit.

But this call for participants begs the question: why would I want to play Kinect Adventures in an operating room?

In all seriousness, it looks like Microsoft is looking for a group of entrepreneurs to develop different uses for the Kinect sensor that may or may not relate to gaming. The peripheral has been used for applications outside of game interfaces practically since it launched last year.

Those who are chosen to participate in the project will present their projects to Microsoft investors during a demo day. The general guideline for any idea is “it has to be profitable.” My words, not theirs. So: wanna help Microsoft make more money off Kinect?

 /  Staff Writer
Eder is a journalism major at the University of Oregon and copy chief of Flux, the School of Journalism and Communication's flagship magazine. When he's not playing video games or writing about them, Eder enjoys going to concerts, walking the UO campus with his trusty iPod, James McCloud, and climbing steep hills in running shoes. His favorite games include Super Mario Bros. 3, Donkey Kong Country 2, Bioshock and The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time.