Microsoft's Next-Gen PC Design Competition winners

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    LOS ANGELES, May 15, 2007 -- The inspiration for Allen Wong’s Next-Gen PC Design Competition entry came from a visit to a remote village in Kenya. “A hand-painted sign on the local elementary school promised ‘Computer Training,’ but the local villagers told me that it was false advertising,” recalls Wong. “The school didn’t even have windows, much less Windows!”

    Wong, who with design partner Matt Conway went on to create the BulbPC, one of the competition winners, was inspired by his experience in Kenya to develop a new and revolutionary PC design that can meet the needs for computing and computer education in the developing world as well as address the IT requirements of first-world workplaces.<BR style="FONT-SIZE: 0pt" clear=left><TABLE class=sidebar cellSpacing=0 cellPadding=0 align=left border=0><TBODY><TR><TD><DIV class=sidebarHeader></DIV><DIV class=sidebarFooter></DIV></TD></TR></TBODY></TABLE>

    Wong’s Kenyan inspiration mirrors that of other winners in this year’s Next-Gen PC Competition, a Microsoft-sponsored event that challenges young design professionals and industrial design students to think beyond the constraints of traditional computing form factors. <TABLE id=ctl11_tblImage style="FLOAT: right; WIDTH: 188px; BORDER-COLLAPSE: collapse" cellSpacing=0 cellPadding=0 border=0><TBODY><TR id=ctl11_trImage><TD id=ctl11_tdImage style="PADDING-RIGHT: 0px; PADDING-LEFT: 10px; PADDING-BOTTOM: 0px; PADDING-TOP: 10px" align=middle>[​IMG]</TD></TR><TR><TD class=figureCaption id=ctl11_tdCaption style="PADDING-RIGHT: 0px; PADDING-LEFT: 10px; PADDING-BOTTOM: 0px; PADDING-TOP: 0px" align=middle>Zeed+ for the Future, a PC that maximizes hardware mobility, designed by Kenneth W. K. Wu.</TD></TR><TR><TD class=downloadCaption id=ctl11_tdSubCaptions style="PADDING-RIGHT: 0px; PADDING-LEFT: 10px; PADDING-BOTTOM: 10px; PADDING-TOP: 0px" align=middle>Click for high-res version.
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    “This year’s competition winners have envisioned a brave new world of computing,” says Kevin Eagan, general manager of Microsoft’s Original Equipment Manufacturers (OEM) Marketing Group. “Through insightful design, the winning entries take computing to bold new places and to traditionally underserved audiences.”

    The competition aims to spotlight creative new PC designs and showcase young industrial designers who are helping move PC computing “outside-the-box” by rethinking the Windows-based PC experience and the role computing plays in people’s lives.

    “Some of these winning designs look like nothing we’ve ever seen in the realm of computing,” says Eagan. “The new generation of talent that we recognize today has addressed how an evolution in PC design could meet the needs of a wider group of computer users.”

    Interest in Competition Grows

    This year’s competition drew 349 submissions -- a 61-percent increase over 2006 – from 35 countries. In addition to manufacturability and market viability, entries were judged on the following criteria:<TABLE cellSpacing=0 cellPadding=0 border=0><TBODY><TR><TD class=listBullet vAlign=top>•</TD><TD class=listItem>

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    User experience and interaction – in what ways does the design make the PC easier to use?</TD></TR><TR><TD class=listBullet vAlign=top>•<
     
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