Kinect projects shine at Microsoft Imagine Cup in China

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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 name Purpose School/team name Prize(s)
Pmomo Kinect-enabled projection mapping on moveable objects, enabling the creation of virtual exteriors for real objects; could be used for exhibitions in museums, galleries, and schools Shanghai Jiao Tong University/Team Arere First Prize in the Innovation category;

Excellence Prize in the Kinect for Windows special award category

Emergency Response Robot Kinect-controlled robot designed to deal with dangerous situations, such as potential explosions or dangerous chemical leaks East China Normal University/ Team Quintessence Second Prize in the World Citizenship category
Defense of Laputa Virtual 3D game based on Kinect and virtual reality equipment Beijing University of Posts and Telecommunications/ Team Hydrz Grand Prize in the Kinect for Windows special award category
Interactive Virtual Tour Kinect-based experience that lets users become virtual tourists, interactively immersed in the culture of the host country Southwest University of Science and Technology/Team Totoro Excellence Prize in the Kinect for Windows special award category
CaneFitter A Kinect-enabled system designed to help elderly users choose a suitable cane and then teach them how to use the cane safely and effectively Institute of Computing Technology, Chinese Academy of Science/Team Trilegs Second Prize in the World Citizenship category
Laputa An immersive Unity game, in which Kinect body tracking controls your movements in a virtual reality world Hainan University/ Team Stanic Pace First 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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