The Walt Disney Company announced yesterday the 2015 class of the Disney Accelerator program, including companies working on controlling technology with brain waves, 3D-printing bionic hands and using AI to let you talk to your favorite characters.The second Disney Accelerator program, run in partnership with Techstars, features 10 startup companies that will participate in a three-month mentorship and investment program beginning this week and concluding with a Demo Day on October 6, 2015.
Among the chosen few you can find EMOTIV, one of our favourite companies that use electroencephalography (EEG) to track mental performance, monitor emotions, and control virtual and physical objects with thoughts.
The other 9 companies include: Open Bionics (affordable bionic hands for amputees), FEM Inc. (video recommending service), HYP3R (location-based social influence platform), MakieLab (lets kids design their own 3D-printed toys), Littlstar (virtual reality content aggregator), StatMuse (helps sports fans better parse through stats), Decisive (mobile ad platform), Pundit (app that allows users to host an audio Ask Me Anything (AMA) session over Twitter) and Impeson (an artificial intelligence platform that enables fans to converse with their favorite fictional characters).
Each participating team will receive $120,000 in investment capital to develop their ideas, along with mentor support from top Disney executives, including Chairman and CEO Robert A. Iger, and leaders from Pixar, Marvel, Lucasfilm, ESPN and Walt Disney Imagineering, among others. On top of the investment there’s always the chance for the startups to go to build apps and ad campaigns for Magic Kingdom.
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