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iRacing Ported to Ultrabooks for Tilt Control and Touchscreens

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Despite the name, iRacing is not for iOS devices. Actually it’s quite the opposite — iRacing is a realistic racing simulator on PC for hardcore fans of the racing genre. The game, which has typically relied on wheel or joystick input, has been updated for tilt and touch control by Ultrabooks with built-in sensors. iRacing developer David Tucker walks us through the dev process.

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Winner: Ultimate Coder Challenge Going Perceptual – Puppet in Motion

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The winner of the Perceptual Computing competition has just been announced by Intel

The Ultimate Coder Challenge put seven teams together and challenged them to make showcase applications for a Lenovo Yoga 13 Ultrabook and the Creative sensor hardware, in seven weeks. We watched with amazement at how much the teams learnt, wrote, developed and optimised their apps. We found hardware limitations, software limitations and problems with gestures themselves but that’s exactly what we needed. The judges, teams and Intel have put hundreds of hours effort into finding out what works and what doesn’t. It will all help the development of perceptual computing, ‘Percie’ as some are calling it now, solutions for Ultrabooks, AIO and other screens in the future.

The winner was a team that took puppetry and put into other peoples hands…

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Ultimate Coder Challenge – Going Perceptual and Testing the Apps

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After a few days of setting up and testing I’ve spent a good amount of time with all of the submissions to the Ultimate Coder Challenge where showcase applications are being built for a Lenovo Yoga 13 Ultrabook to demonstrate the Intel Perceptual Computing hardware. It has at times been frustrating but as I write this I do feel a rush of excitement for a new wave of input methods. It will take some years to perfect this technology, software and methods but, without a doubt, there’s something special going on here. Pay attention!

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Software Developers Update from Intel Dev Forum Keynote

fisherDoug Fisher the General Manager of Intel’s Systems Software Division (Bio) took 45 minutes at IDF Beijing this week to present the latest Intel information for software developers. He talked about operating systems, tools, perceptual computing, HTML5 and 4 myths.

In this post I’ve summarized the 45 minute presentation under the four ‘myth’headings to give you an idea of the highlights of Intel’s software program. Much of it is related to Ultrabooks.  I also recommend you check the presentation out in full here.

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Ultimate Coder Challenge Week 7 – Adding Fireworks to Perceptual Computing Showcases

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7 teams are competing in the Ultimate Coder Challenge where showcase applications are being built for a Lenovo Yoga 13 Ultrabook to demonstrate the Intel Perceptual Computing hardware. I’m one of the judges and this is the last week of the competition for the competitors. The competition closes on April 12th and that leaves just over 2 days before developers have to hand over their apps to us. My equipment arrives tomorrow so I’ll be setting up the Lenovo Yoga 13 and the perceptual computing kit over the weekend. I’m looking forward to testing.

You can find all our Ultimate Coder posts here

Our Ultrabook software developer resources are here

All our Perceptual Computing posts here

Important note: Intel will be holding their software keynote at 0900 Beijing time tomorrow (11th April) where we expect to hear more about perceptual computing and HTML5 development. Check back tomorrow for an update from Beijing.

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Ultimate Coder Challenge Week 6 – Road Tests Reveal Issues. Competitor Interaction Reveals Tips.

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7 teams are competing in the Ultimate Coder Challenge where showcase applications are being built for a Lenovo Yoga 13 Ultrabook to demonstrate the Intel Perceptual Computing hardware.

I’m involved with the judging of the Ultimate Coder event and every week you’ll find an update from me as I analyze the teams progress. This is week 6, one week before the competition closes on April 12th and teams have just come back from GDC where they demonstrated their apps to attendees and judges. Foot and tongue tracking features in the posts this week but I’ve checked the dates on the posts and sure enough, there may be a few April Fools going on here! Ben was at GDC for Ultrabooknews last week and his comments and a few videos are included below.

You can find all our Ultimate Coder posts here

Our Ultrabook software developer resources are here

All our Perceptual Computing posts here

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NUIA Imagine with Eye and Gesture Tracking. Case Study, Video Demo.

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We covered the Ultimate Coder Ultrabook Challenge last year but that wasn’t the only competition being run by Intel to promote software development on an Ultrabook. The Ultrabook Experience Software Challenge was running too and the winning entry was 4tiitoo’s NUIA Imagine. It includes gesture control, touch control, voice control and true eye-tracking using the Tobii eye-tracking hardware.

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Ultimate Coder Challenge Week 5–GDC Warm-Up

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7 teams are competing in the Ultimate Coder Challenge where showcase applications are being built for a Lenovo Yoga 13 Ultrabook to demonstrate the Intel Perceptual Computing hardware.

I’m involved with the judging of the Ultimate Coder event and every week you’ll find an update from me as I analyze the teams progress. This is week 5 and after this there’s just days before GDC where teams should be aiming towards having a good demo ready. Our Ben will be at GDC next week and talking to all the teams, seeing the demos and giving us a rundown of the progress he’s seen so stay tuned for that next week and if you’re are GDC, check out the Intel stage where teams will be presenting.

You can find all our Ultimate Coder posts here

Our Ultrabook software developer resources are here

All our Perceptual Computing posts here

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Developers Tip: Detecting Orientation and Usage Mode

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In our regular Ultrabook software development articles we’ve been bringing you tips, tricks and thoughts about many aspects of touch, sensor and perceptual computing coding for Ultrabooks and Ultrabook convertibles. Today we’ve got a simple tip for developers wanting to read the orientation state and operating mode. If the user has a convertible you really should be paying attention to whether it’s in a slate or clamshell state so here’s a how-to and code sample.

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Ultimate Coder Challenge Week 4 – Four Minutes of Minority Report

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7 teams are competing in the Ultimate Coder Challenge where showcase applications are being built for a Lenovo Yoga 13 to demonstrate the Intel Perceptual Computing hardware.

I’m involved with the judging of the Ultimate Coder event and every week you’ll find an update from me as I analyze the teams progress. This is week 4 and this week there are some great videos, interesting artwork, honesty and a ton of coding to enjoy. Some, however, are still to incorporate any use of gesture control in their apps. Do they have time?

You can find all our Ultimate Coder posts here

Our Ultrabook software developer resources are here

All our Perceptual Computing posts here

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