March 6, 2014 3:49 pm

Creativity takes flight with Nokia’s Imagin8 Mission

Is it any coincidence that this past weekend the topics of gravity and selfies were super hot at the Oscars? We think it might have something to do with Nokia’s new Spaceselfie app that launched the week before.

You see, last week at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, Nokia launched the Imagin8 Mission, a contest that offers opportunities for both consumers and app developers to show off their creative side.

Take your own #Spaceselfie and win a new Lumia

For individuals, entering the contest is easy. Download the free Spaceselfie app for your Windows Phone, and then use it to snap a picture of yourself. Using the app, you can choose an outer space background and then apply one of the built-in filters so that you can make the scene look truly extraterrestrial. (You can find tips for how to get the best shot within the app description in Windows Phone Store.)

Once you’re happy with the results of your picture, Tweet that shot to the world, and be sure to include the tag #spaceselfie when you post it. You will be automatically entered to win a Nokia Lumia device of your choice!

Tweets featuring your best Spaceselfie will be accepted until 5 May 2014. Don’t delay – the entries have been pouring in!

Giant steps: The updated Nokia Imaging SDK for developers

The Spaceselfie app was created by folks from Nokia Developer to show off the capabilities of the latest version of the Nokia Imaging SDK for Windows Phone. Developers may want to play with the Spaceselfie app to experience some of the capabilities of the Imaging SDK.

Using this SDK, developers can create cool new imaging apps for use on Nokia Lumia devices. And with this latest release (v1.1), developers can now create imaging apps for Windows 8.1 devices, too.

Award-winning apps Pikura and Smart Resize were both created using the Nokia Imaging SDK, and hundreds of other developers have already discovered the power of this tool to create remarkable imaging experiences for Windows Phone users around the world. You can see other examples of apps built with the Nokia Imaging SDK on Nokia Developer’s website.

The latest edition of the Nokia Imaging SDK is more powerful than before, and has been enhanced with memory optimization so it can even be used with imaging apps on devices like the Lumia 520. The SDK features more than 50 filters and effects, including advanced capabilities such as chromakey, adjusting RGB levels, hue, and saturation. It also includes an option for Interactive Foreground segmentation, Lens Blur (Bokeh) and a single image HDR effect.

If that isn’t enough, developers can create their own custom filters with unique effects, furthering extending the capabilities of this software.

Seeking out-of-this-world Windows Phone apps

As a part of the Imagin8 Mission, Nokia Developer is inviting app developers to go wild with the Nokia Imaging SDK, and submit their most creative imaging apps to one of five different Challenges hosted by DVLUP. Windows Phone app developers who are members of Nokia’s DVLUP can submit new or updated apps to these Challenges (each Challenge has specific requirements and deadlines) and earn points for their submissions.

The top three apps submitted to this competition will win some great prizes – the first place winner receives an expenses-paid trip for two to experience zero gravity this summer in Florida. This is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to float as if you were in space!

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The winner will also receive two Nokia Lumia devices, 10,000 XP (points) from DVLUP, and promotion of the winning app in the Windows Phone Store, via App Social and other Nokia and Nokia Developer Channels. Two runners up will each receive a Nokia Lumia 1520, and 5,000 XP from DVLUP.

The judging panel will be looking for apps that are unique. They will also be checking the quality and functionality of the apps submitted, and the likely consumer appeal. The winning apps will also make the most of the latest version of the Nokia Imaging SDK and of course Nokia Lumia smartphones, too.

Complete contest details, including special Terms & Conditions, can be found on the Imagin8 Mission site – developers entering the contest should read this information carefully.

Have you created any Spaceselfies yet? Share your best work in the Comments below.

Updated September 30, 2015 11:44 pm