It is truly amazing what developers all over the world are managing to come up with in the field of perceptual computing. Perceptual computing is something that Intel® is putting a lot of time, energy, and resources into, as seen in the recently finished Ultimate Coder: Going Perceptual competition and the ongoing Intel® Perceptual Computing Challenge, which is about to kick off into its second phase on May 6th.
Our sense of touch is vitally important. It’s involved in literally every interaction we have. When it comes to human-computer interaction, touch is especially important, especially as touch-enabled input controls and interactive experiences make our computing experiences ever more tactile. As more and more devices are adapting touch-enabled features, controls, and form inputs to satisfy consumers’ ever-growing appetite for tactile input, we’re seeing new advances from a wide variety of fields.
For 7 weeks we've seen 7 teams hack, code, build, and rebuild apps to leverage the Intel Perceptual Computing SDK using a convertible Ultrabook™. Our judges have taken time to review the work, have tested each and scored each of our Challenger teams. The ink is dry, scores added, and the results are final. The Ultimate Coder awards are as follows.
Last week, our Challengers submitted the final version of their perceptual computing apps to the judges, and this week, it was testing time. Our judges took on the task of putting each project through its paces, and wrote up their first thoughts on each and every one – in addition to general thoughts on the Challenge and the future of perceptual computing. Are there clear winners for our judges? Not quite yet, and the final verdict won’t be in until next week when we announce the winners on April 24. Here’s what our judges had to say after their initial testing periods:
This was the last week for our Challengers in the Ultimate Coder Contest: Going Perceptual to work on their apps and write up their last blog posting. The work for judges is only just beginning, as they receive the finished apps this week and begin the job of determining which app is the Ultimate in displaying perceptual computing technology. Here’s a recap of what our challengers and judges have been up to in Week 7:
At GDC 2013, Ultrabook Community Manager Bob Duffy sat down with Chris Allen, president and co-founder of Infrared5 and one of the Challengers in the Ultimate Coder Challenge: Going Perceptual contest. The Infrared5/Brass Monkey team was at GDC to show off the latest version of their game, Kiwi Catapult Revenge, as well as present on perceptual computing at the GDC Theater and interact with their fellow challengers and judges.
We've had an extremely hectic week but we're still here and Rob's going to talk about doing the sculpty-stuff - before we jump in, just want to say thank you again to Intel for inviting us up to GDC - having the opportunity to meet the Intel team and a fantastic group of developers all interested in pushing the boundaries was great. I managed to introduce PerC (or Percy as we like to call it here) to another developer who is actually rather experienced in a similar area so it should bring about something fun!
For the app we had two choices,
This is my last Blog update for the Challenge and there are only a few days left before delivery. Since the last post, I have been to LA and then flown to Tokyo and tomorrow I'm moving on to Seoul. Life has been busy, but life should be busy. As a lone developer time management and being efficient is very important. Being able to whip up my Ultrabook anywhere in the world and get some work done no matter how short time you have is really essential.