Hackers shine in the Great White North


Earlier this month, we traveled north for a developer hackathon at the Burnaby campus of the British Columbia Institute of Technology (BCIT), located in the heart of the Vancouver metropolitan area. The event, which was hosted by BCIT and co-sponsored by our team along with Occipital (makers of the Structure Sensor), drew nearly 100 developers, all eager to spend their weekend hacking with us. We were astonished by their creativity and energy—and their ability to cram so much hardware on each table!

Attendees hunched over keyboards and displays, hard at work on their projects.Attendees hunched over keyboards and displays, hard at work on their projects.

First place

Team Bubble Fighter won the top prize ($250, five Kinect for Windows v2 sensors and carrying bags, and a Structure Sensor) for their game Bubble Fighter. The game, reminiscent of Street Fighter, allows two people to play against one another over a network connection. Game play includes special moves triggered by gestures, including jumping to make your avatar leap over projectiles.

Players really had to jump to avoid projectiles in Bubble Fighter.Players really had to jump to avoid projectiles in Bubble Fighter.

Second place

Team NAE took second place ($100, five Kinect for Windows v2 sensors and carrying bags, and a Structure Sensor) for their Public Speech Trainer, which helps users improve their public speaking, including training to avoid bad posture (think crossed arms) and distracting gestures. The app also provides built-in video recording, enabling users to review of all their prior training sessions.

Third place

The Eh-Team grabbed third place (five Kinect for Windows v2 sensors and carrying bags) for The Fitness Clinic, an app that provides real-time feedback on a user’s form during popular gym workouts.

We loved the great turnout, even if it meant that the hackers had just enough room on the table for all their gear.We loved the great turnout, even if it meant that the hackers had just enough room on the table for all their gear.

Other projects presented

  • 3D Object Recognition (team Rebel Without Clause), which uses Structure Sensor to scan objects and then provides object recognition
  • Enhanced Gaze-Tracking (team Gazepoint), which paired an external eye tracker with a Kinect v2 sensor to achieve enhanced gaze tracking
  • Fall Detection System* (team WelCam), an app that detects when an elderly person has fallen and sends email alerts to loved ones; the app also recognizes voice commands, which allows the fallen person to abort the email response by saying “ignore” or to emphatically solicit aid by saying “help”
  • Focal Length Finder* (team Sharp Corners), which determines the focal length of a lens, based on a calibration object
  • FusedFusion*, which marries the Kinect original and the v2 sensors into a single application, fusing their data into a shared Kinect Fusion volume
  • Joker (team Joker), which uses voice commands to open an Internet browser and other applications, and provides a Pong-like game powered by audio and body sensing
  • Reverse Dance Game (team The Peeps), a motion tracking game that adjusts sound based on players’ motions and gestures
  • The Red Ball Project (team NetKitties), which lets users toss a virtual ball using voice and gesture commands
  • Trenton (team New Team), which gives users hands-free control of applications by letting them utilize gestures to scroll windows and complete other tasks

Team WelCam demonstrated their fall detection app.Team WelCam demonstrated their fall detection app.

Thanks our gracious hosts at BCIT, to all the attendees who came to hack and share ideas, and to our co-sponsor Occipital. I hope to see everyone again at a future event.

Ben Lower, Developer Community Manager, Kinect for Windows

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*Denotes projects awarded an Honorable Mention by the judges

 

Comments (2)

  1. Andrew says:

    Is it possible to contact some of these students for job opportunities?

  2. Kinect for Windows Team says:

    Hello Andrew,

    Please email K4W@microsoft.com with your question and reference the blog. Thank you!

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