Registration has opened for a new contest in which devs are challenged to design perceptual computing apps for Intel's RealSense platform. All you have to do at this stage is submit an idea to be in with a chance to receive a developer kit to take it further.
The device that is at the heart of this leading edge competition is the new Intel RealSense 3D camera which gives a whole line up of ways to interact in gaming, entertainment, and content creation by supporting facial analysis, hand and finger tracking, speech recognition, background subtraction and augmented reality.
This sounds really exciting and if you want to get your hands on one the best way is to enter the RealSense App Challenge and come up with an innovative idea in one of the competition's five categories:
The contest has two phases and all you are asked to do for the Ideation Phase of the competition is to submit your ideas - as an individual or as a team - and then in the second, Development Phase 1,300 participants will be invited to turn their ideas into working demos. In order to do this participants in the Development phase, which runs from November 1, 2014 to January 20, 2015 will be loaned the Intel 3D camera which can be used with with Intel's SDK for Windows 7 and 8 using either C# or C++.
There are also two tracks for this competition. The Pioneer track is described as the "public track" and is open to all developers from around the world whereas the Ambassador Track is "elite" and "invitation-only" and open only to developers who submitted a Demo to one of Intel’s 2013 Perceptual Computing Challenges, or to its Ultimate Coder Challenge.
In both phases of the contest Pioneers will only be in competition with other Pioneers and Ambassadors will also compete within their own group. Up to 1000 Pioneers with be chosen to proceed from the Ideation Phase to the Development Phase and only 300 Ambassador will go forward.
There are cash prizes for both the Pioneer and Ambassador groups, with a $25,000 Grand Prize for the Pioneer track and $50,000 for the Ambassador track. The top scoring demo in each of the five categories will be awarded $25,000 (Pioneer)/ $50,000 (Ambassador) with 10 second place awards of $10,000 (Pioneer)/ $20,000 (Ambassador). There are also 50 Early Submission prizes for Pioneers and 30 for Ambassadors of $1000.
In addition to the cash prizes Haswell NUC devices worth $600 will go to those with the top scores in Phase 1 - 250 will be received by Pioneers and 50 by Ambassador.
But getting the opportunity to work with the Intel RealSense 3D camera to develop your idea into a working demo seems incentive enough to participate in this challenge. If you are a Pioneer you can sign up today and have until October 1, 2014 to submit your idea.
If you want know more about RealSense technology, including details that have never been disclosed before, Intel is running a series of webinars, the first of which, It's Coming: Your Apps Will See and Heartakes place on August 13. You can already sign up for this event and we'll bring you more details nearer the time.
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