Ultimate Coder Challenge Week 7 - We are almost there...

Welcome to week 7  of the Ultimate Coder Challenge, where 7 teams are competing and working on Perceptual Computing applications built for a Lenvo Yoga 13 Ultrabook. This is all about demonstrating the future of interaction with our Ultrabook, Tablet or PC and I am glad to be one of the judges of these projects.

It's already the 11th of April which basically means that the Ultimate Coder Challenge will end tomorrow. To be honest guys, i wish it would go on for another 7 weeks (not sure if you will agree with me on this^^) because it kinda feels that I became a part of each and every team just by following your progress.
All of you did an amazing job and I truely believe in this open approach because this will animate other coders to take advantage of your experiences. All 7 of you are true pioneers and I am sure that you will inspire a lot of fellow coders out there!

Infrared 5 / Brass Monkey

First of all I wanna give you some kudos for coming up with the hilarious name "Kiwi Catapult Revenge". Can you imagine how persuasive this will be when an Icon with this title pops up on an App store? This is like writing a great blog posting that needs a great title to have the chance to go viral. You did a bloody good job with this name!
Your game looks like so much fun to play, that I can't wait to check it out with my setup here. Connecting the usability of a smartphone with the potential of the perceptual computing kit was a fantastic idea!

Read the Infrared 5 article (including a fun video) here: http://software.intel.com/en-us/blogs/2013/04/08/infrared5-ultimate-coder-week-seven-the-final-countdown#comment-1731366

Peter O’ Hanlon

Peter I am sure that you and Eskil gave one of the best feedback regarding the the Perceptual computing hardware and the SDK. This is so important at this early stage. I am pretty sure that we won't see the results of your feedback in the next 18 months but this will help Intel and Creative to improve the whole kit.
I am always interested in fundamental technologies and ideas. Peter, HUDA is such an amazing project and could be a great tech demo to educate user about perceptual computing!

Read Peter's update here: http://software.intel.com/en-us/blogs/2013/04/07/ultimate-coder-the-quest-for-a-good-nights-sleep

Code Monkeys

So you guys are still listening to the KISS best of album? ;)
Turning a "standard" UI into one that embraces the idea of perceptual computing might be as much of a challenge as starting from scratch and I am sure that I am not the only judge that was a little bit worried about it at the beginning. Without revealing anything about my final decision I think it is fair to say that like Peter and Eskil, you gave some fundamental feedback which could even turn into a standard for future SDK updates. The head and hand feedback should be mandatory for perceptual computing software!

The final Code Monkeys Roundup: http://software.intel.com/en-us/blogs/2013/04/08/ultimate-coder-2-week-7-wrapping-up-and-sucking-up-to-nicole


I am afraid that I am repeating myself in each and every feedback article I wrote: I love the pig, I love the wolf and the concept. Your app aims at kid which means our future and this is what I really like about it. They grow up in "Digitalia" and don't know a world without the Internet or a touchscreen. It is so crucial to ignite those young minds and let them know about the possibilities of perceptual computing. Your app is capable of doing this and I believe that it will become a huge success for you.
All the updates on the little Pig and the big bad wolf (and a great video): http://software.intel.com/en-us/blogs/2013/04/08/ultimate-coder-challenge-sixense-studios-final-week

Lee Bamber

Another amazing project of this "Elite VIP Hackathon" which has a huge potential to become a successful solution on the enterprise market (I think I've been refering to this in a previous article a couple of weeks ago). It doesn't only look great, your video conferencing app is absoutely impressive (well at least from what I saw so far) and I can't wait to check it out. 

Read Lee's posting here: http://software.intel.com/en-us/blogs/2013/04/07/ultimate-coder-challenge-ii-lee-going-perceptual-final-week

Eskil Steenberg

Are you trying to become an Ultrabook promoter? Just kidding but I totally agree with your initial statements about this product category even though I don't think that a 17-inch monster could still be called an Ultrabook :)
Your last posting was by far the most inspiring read because it was written with an inspired mind. Lets tech up and embrace the possibilities of perceptual computing and all of its features.
You build the future and I think you have the right perspective on it!

Read Eskil's inspiring article here: http://software.intel.com/en-us/blogs/2013/04/08/how-to-build-the-future-slowly

Simian Squared

Guys, only one more day! You really need to push hard to make sure the virtual pottery works. I wanna check it out this weekend and as you can tell by my previous postings, I am a big fan of your idea.
You can do it, especially when you can come up with such an exciting idea! Do it!

You can read the very last Simian Squared article here: http://software.intel.com/en-us/blogs/2013/04/08/simian-squared-go-perceptual


Important links for the Intel Ultimate Coder Challenge:

Going Perceptual Competition Intel competition Website: http://software.intel.com/en-us/ultimatecoder2/

Join everyone on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/intelsoftwarenetwork/app_421677984584095

Competitors list and backgrounder: http://software.intel.com/en-us/blogs/2013/01/31/going-perceptual-introducing-our-ultimate-coder-challengers 

Full disclosure – We are being compensated for content related to the Ultimate Coder and to attend an Intel event. We have committed to posting at least once per week on this subject and judging the final applications. All posts are 100% written and edited by Sascha Pallenberg 
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