On a weekly basis I see or read some sort of craziness around what a PC is. Seems pretty simple right? After all... a PC = Personal Computing device. However; the trap I see a lot of people falling into is that they are confusing the latest crop of personal computing devices - form vs. the function.
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.
The bell has rung and Code-Monkeys is ready to let loose its collective intellect to throw down the competition. We just narrowly missed the crown last round, grabbing second place with Wind Up Football. The sting still lingers, yet the drive has been renewed. Code-Monkeys will be coming to the Perceptual Computing Challenge with guns blazing.
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.
Intel® Perceptual Computing SDK - How to Use the Finger Tracking Module
Intel® Perceptual Computing SDK - How to Use the Face Analysis Module
Intel® Perceptual Computing SDK - How to Capture Raw Image
Intel® Perceptual Computing SDK - My First C++ Application
Perceptual computing is one of the most exciting technologies to come our way in a long time, and it’s really just getting started. What is perceptual computing? Basically, it’s a whole new way to look at how we interact with our computers. It’s not just about the standard keyboard and mouse input controls anymore; it’s about touch, gesture, voice and speech recognition, and anything else enterprising developers can come up with.