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Intel Wants to Give Your App A Share of Million Dollars

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Company’s latest challenge aims to support innovation in perceptual computing

The catch? Your app must use 3D camera technology. Building off the company’s push into perceptual computing, Intel’s latest challenge encourages developers to create apps using their new 3D camera and software development kit (SDK).  The Intel® RealSense™ App Challenge 2014 will award prize money to the ideas that best utilize the company’s 3D technology to enhance user experience on desktops, laptops, and tablets. 

Intel has focused intently on the perceptual computing space in the past few years. In essence this technology comprehends four types of interaction: one’s face, voice, hands, and the surrounding environment. What used to be known as perceptual computing is now called “RealSense™.”

The company first introduced their 3D camera at the annual International Consumer Electronics Show in January. Since then, Intel’s technology has improved immensely in terms of precision and accuracy. Exciting new features of the Intel® RealSense™ 3D Camera include: full 1080p color, speech recognition, augmented reality, facial analysis, and hand/finger tracking. You can now engage with your personal computer like never before.

Do you have an innovative idea about how these features could be used? The SDK makes it easy to build applications using Intel’s hardware and software. Challenge participants can develop an app in any of the following categories: gaming and play, learning edutainment, interact naturally, collaboration/creation, and open innovation.

The ideation phase has already begun and will close in a matter of weeks.  First time Intel Challenge participants have until October 1st to submit their ideas in the “Pioneer” track. All you have to do is submit your idea of a user interface.

Then what? A panel of judges will choose 1,300 ideas. Intel will then loan selected individuals and teams their 3D cameras to fully develop their apps. The cameras can be used with Intel’s SDK for Windows 7 and 8 using either C# or C++.

Challenge participants will then have until January 20, 2015 to submit their apps. One grand prize will be awarded in each track, as well as prize money or a Haswell NUC device for multiple deserving submissions.

This technology is cutting edge and quickly evolving. Think you have what it takes? Click here to learn more and register.

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