Week 1 of Ultimate Coder is behind us and it’s been another exciting start to the Ultimate Coder Challenge. Challengers, for the first time, exposed their ideas and approaches to building futuristic applications where the mere waving of hands, tracking of eyes, or speaking out loud control the app experience.
We are thrilled to have been invited to participate in Intel’s Going Perceptual: Ultimate Coder Challenge! What an amazing opportunity to work and collaborate with such talented groups, and with such cutting-edge technology. We are very eager to see what all of these talented teams can create.
Hello all and welcome to our very first Ultimate Coder: Going Perceptual blogpost!
I thought we'd use this opportunity to introduce ourselves and tell you about what we will be doing with the Perceptual Computing platform and where we're coming from with our ideas:
Who are Simian Squared?
Welcome to the start of another exciting adventure into the weird and wonderful world of cutting edge software development. Beyond these walls lurk strange unfathomable creatures with unusual names, ready to tear the limbs of any unsuspecting coder careless enough to stay on the path.
A couple of months ago, I was lucky enough to be asked if I would like to participate in an upcoming Intel® challenge, known at the time as Ultimate Coder 2. Having followed the original Ultimate Coder competition, I was highly chuffed to even be considered. I had to submit a proposal for an application that would work on a convertible Ultrabook™ and would make use of something called Perceptual Computing.
Your PC is an amazing peace of kit, it’s amazing because no other computing platform is as versatile and no other platform is so open for innovation. You can buy hardware for it from thousands of vendors, you can hook it up to just about any display or input device and you can make it do just about anything. While maybe no longer being the latest buzzword, the combination of screen, mouse and keyboard, is still the best way to be productive, get a headshot or to create the next software wonder. Whatever cool mobile app or console game you think is the hot stuff, it was conceived on a PC.