Developers who are interested in augmented reality (and not too prone to jealousy) might want to pay attention. Earlier today, Qualcomm announced the three winners of its misleadingly named 2010 Augmented Reality Developer Challenge.
Paulius Liekis and Arminas Didziokas won first place and an impressive $125,000 for an app called Paparazzi. According to an official statement, this app is “[a]n interactive game where the player becomes a virtual paparazzo and sneaks pictures of a vain celebrity before he gets agitated and attacks the photographer.”
Next, Defiant Development Pty Ltd. secured second place (along with $50,000) with an app known as Inch High Stunt Guy. And Inch High Stunt Guy is a little less focused on violence than you might imagine, as the statement explained that it’s “[a] game where the player arranges various obstacles to enable a stuntman to successfully jump his motorcycle through a hoop.”
Finally, five students from University of Southern California’s School of Cinematic Arts got third place and $25,000 thanks to an app called Danger Copter. This app allows the user to control a water-spewing helicopter as he (or she) attempts to put out fires and rescue people.