In the immortal words of the band Europe, “It’s the Final Countdown.” After 6 grueling weeks of coding, testing, and writing, the Intel Ultrabook Challenge is coming to a close. After two months of interacting with this very talented core of developers, I feel like I know them. I’ve shared in their struggles and rejoiced in their success. Picking a winner will be like picking a favorite child. Each of the six teams really have come into their own and deserve a piece of the prize pie. Maybe I can persuade Intel to make each a winner?
It’s been pretty incredible to see Lee create an entire WinRT engine in 6 weeks. To put that into layman’s terms, it would be like building an airplane in a day. Not easy. It was a success for him, and he ended up incorporating all the moderns staples of apps; in-app purchasing, NFC, camera and social integration. Despite Lee’s bad video recording skills, his ‘Love Hearts’ app is a lot of fun, and I must admit, I do have a sweet sooth, so seeing the floating ‘Smarties’ candy always make me hungry for Valentine’s day!
Shufflr is just about ready to go, and it’s looking great. The team didn’t think they were going to get Modern integration ready, but they managed to get everything working. I must admit though, I would have liked to see live tile integration. Perhaps version 2?
I love what Soma games has done with their video updates. Really impressive production quality. I must admit to being a huge football fan, so Wind Up Football (WUF) is totally up my alley. Plus it has robots! They did a tremendous job of integrating multi-touch creating a really immersive game. I love the idea of making the game react to the different seasons. If it’s winter, the game will snow, fall it will have leaves, etc. Really incredible!
I now have one more day to pick my winner, and honestly, I don’t know who it will be yet. Stay tuned.
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