SOURCE: Infrared5


April 18, 2013 12:53 ET

Infrared5 Participating in the Intel Ultimate Coder Challenge

Perceptual Computing Challenge Winner to be Announced Next Week

BOSTON, MA--(Marketwired - Apr 18, 2013) - Infrared5, an innovative Boston-based interactive studio, today announced that the company is one of only seven developer teams participating in the Intel® Ultimate Coder Challenge, and the only East Coast team.

The seven teams used the latest Intel Ultrabook™ devices, the Intel Perceptual Computing Software Developers Kit (SDK), and Creative® Interactive Gesture Camera to build a special application prototype in just seven weeks. The Ultimate Coder teams, including the Infrared5 team, blogged about their experiences online and a panel of experts will crown the Ultimate Coder on April 24.

The Intel Ultimate Coder Challenge is designed to promote the use of perceptual computing. Perceptual computing creates more immersive software applications by incorporating 2D/3D object tracking, user gesture control, facial analysis and recognition, eye control, and voice recognition. Perceptual computing is more than just the use of touch screens; it is a new area of pioneering development.

"The Intel Ultimate Coder Challenge provides a great opportunity for participants to innovate around perceptual computing, and learn from peers in a few short weeks," said Bob Duffy, community manager for the Intel Developer Zone at Intel.

"We're very comfortable with pioneering applications of technology," said Rebecca Smith Allen, Infrared5 CEO and part of the Challenge team. "Perceptual computing is a new frontier we're excited to explore."

"The combination of the immersive properties of Brass Monkey and the power of perceptual computing allowed our team to give the judges a unique experience that will hopefully earn us the Ultimate Coder title," said Chris Allen, the project leader. Allen is CEO of BrassMonkey, a next generation browser-based game system created by the Infrared5 team.

In this game, the player uses a phone to fly a character around a 3D world. When game players turn their head, the perceptual computing camera tracks what the player is looking at, causing the scene to shift. This effect allows the player to peer around obstacles, giving the game a real sense of depth and immersion.

About Infrared5

Infrared5 is the innovative team behind so many of today's pioneering desktop, website and mobile applications for companies like LucasFilm, Hasbro, and Sony. The company partners with brands to create novel interactive experiences, applications and games. While working on Star Wars: Trench Run, the team pushed the boundaries of traditional online gaming and created Brass Monkey, a next generation browser-based game system that uses a phone as the game controller. For more information, visit

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