uSens Selects U.S. Semifinalists for $200,000 ARVR App Developer Contest


uDev Challenge applicants get shot at $50,000 grand prize by developing Augmented or Virtual Reality applications with uSens Software Development Kit for “Inside-Out” Tracking


SAN JOSE, Calif., November 1, 2016uSens, Inc., a pioneer in developing natural hand-and-head tracking technologies for Augmented and Virtual Reality, has selected 10 semifinalists for the U.S. regional competition of its uDev Challenge. With a total prize pool of $200,000, this competition for developers in the U.S. and China requires original applications for AR and VR using the uSens Software Development Kit for integrating controller-free hand-and-head position tracking. uSens is exhibiting its cutting-edge “inside out” tracking technologies at the Unity Unite 2016 event booth 19 in Los Angeles today through November 3.


Eligible semifinalist projects are original apps for any industry and can be made for Samsung Gear VR™, Google Cardboard™, HTC Vive™, or Oculus Rift™. The chosen projects are:


  1. Multi-player “escape the room” game supporting different Head-Mounted Displays (HMDs)
  2. A VR avatar that can pick up and try on every item in a virtual shop
  3. A VR experience for New Zealand’s national museum
  4. A modified version of a game where a castle is defended with magic spells
  5. First-person patient experience labs for healthcare training scenarios
  6. A competitive game for training dogs
  7. Hand-and-gesture-based communication such as sign language and finger-tapping
  8. A game designed around single touch/button or a single swipe
  9. Mobile multi-user natural HCI in holographic telepresence applications
  10. A VR game/educational tool to demonstrate various surgical procedures


“We’re thrilled to see so many original, fascinating applications envisioned by the uDev Challenge nominees,” said Dr. Yue Fei, uSens CTO and co-founder. “Achieving natural movement in augmented and virtual reality scenarios is one of the challenges to mass adoption for both PC-based and mobile systems. Our technologies help developers to create the most naturally interactive 3D experiences without hindering device performance or sapping battery power.” Dr. Fei is speaking at Unite 2016 at 2:30 pm on November 2 on “Input and Tracking: Mass Market ARVR Adoption is Coming Soon.”


With support from the expert uSens engineering team, uDev Challenge semifinalists will develop their applications using the uSens SDK and an entry-level uSens Fingo module for adding 26DOF controller-free hand tracking and marker-based 6DOF head position tracking. uSens recently announced the uSens Fingo series of three modules that offer advanced 3D human-computer interaction capability for both mobile and tethered systems. By attaching a Fingo to the front of an HMD, end users can enjoy their favorite apps without major sacrifices to system power consumption or performance – even on mobile. (See today’s other press release from uSens on its Color Fingo.)


uDev Challenge semifinalists will submit their app projects to uSens by January 27, 2017. Judges will evaluate the projects based on their creativity, user experience, overall polish, business potential, and the application of uSens hand-tracking technologies. The prize winners will be announced during the Game Developer Conference (GDC) in San Francisco from February 27 to March 3, 2017. Prizes include a $50,000 grand prize, a $25,000 second prize, a $10,000 third prize, and additional cash prizes for runners-up. For more information on the uDev Challenge, read the official contest Terms and Conditions.


The uSens uDev Developer Network

uSens recently launched its uDev network to help the developer community integrate the company’s industry-leading, inside-out 26DOF (Degrees of Freedom) hand tracking and 6DOF head tracking technology in their ARVR projects. uDev offers comprehensive developer kits and support for popular integrated development environments (IDEs) and work flows. uSens software currently supports Unity 3D, Java, C++, and C# for mobile and PC developers, with more development environments to come. The company fosters an online community to provide developer support and also partners with developers to showcase new content and technology demonstrations at notable industry events. Visit the uDev network portal to request a developer kit.


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About uSens, Inc.

Founded in 2013, San Jose-based uSens, Inc. closes the gap between Virtual Reality and the real world. The pioneering ARVR software company provides inside-out, 26DOF hand and 6DOF head position tracking technologies for Augmented and Virtual Reality experiences. With domain expertise in 3D HCI technology, computer vision, and artificial intelligence, uSens is leading the industry to achieve Super Reality, a truly immersive and natural ARVR experience. For more information, visit and follow @usensinc.

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