Kinect projects shine at Microsoft Imagine Cup in China

Microsoft Imagine Cup

Microsoft held its Imagine Cup in China recently. In the tournament, Microsoft’s Kinect for Windows technology shined according to the company. Microsoft states that from 405 Imagine Cup projects in the second round of the China National Competition, 11% (46) projects used the Kinect for Windows technology. However, only 10 of the 46 projects made it to the semi-finals and walked away with prizes. Here’s the prizes all of the 10 projects won:

Application namePurposeSchool/team namePrize(s)
PmomoKinect-enabled projection mapping on moveable objects, enabling the creation of virtual exteriors for real objects; could be used for exhibitions in museums, galleries, and schoolsShanghai Jiao Tong University/Team ArereFirst Prize in the Innovation category;

Excellence Prize in the Kinect for Windows special award category

Emergency Response RobotKinect-controlled robot designed to deal with dangerous situations, such as potential explosions or dangerous chemical leaksEast China Normal University/ Team QuintessenceSecond Prize in the World Citizenship category
Defense of LaputaVirtual 3D game based on Kinect and virtual reality equipmentBeijing University of Posts and Telecommunications/ Team HydrzGrand Prize in the Kinect for Windows special award category
Interactive Virtual TourKinect-based experience that lets users become virtual tourists, interactively immersed in the culture of the host countrySouthwest University of Science and Technology/Team TotoroExcellence Prize in the Kinect for Windows special award category
CaneFitterA Kinect-enabled system designed to help elderly users choose a suitable cane and then teach them how to use the cane safely and effectivelyInstitute of Computing Technology, Chinese Academy of Science/Team TrilegsSecond Prize in the World Citizenship category
LaputaAn immersive Unity game, in which Kinect body tracking controls your movements in a virtual reality worldHainan University/ Team Stanic PaceFirst Prize in the Innovation category

This is indeed pretty amazing – as the developer community and students are using Kinect to develop amazing things. What do you think? Discuss in the comment section below!

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