Microsoft has outed the winner and twelve shortlisted candidates of its inaugural PC Hardware Design Project that was underway in partnering with Central Saint Martins College of Arts and Design.
The software maker asked the 24 student of MA Industrial Design program to come up with “a range of innovative hardware and user-experience devices which consumers could be using in the future.”
After they all bent their backs to re-invent the interactive technology it finally came down to the one, Victor Johansson, who flew from Sweden to UK to study in a college where luckily Microsoft landed with its competition.
Keyflex (The Winner)
Johansson’s Keyflex keyboard is unordinary that you can bend upwards and downwards to control the volume of, say, music.
And by pressing the modifier key, and performing bending action simultaneously, you can simply fast forward the movie/music. In order to pause or escape, twist the Keyflex and get the action done. And if that is not enough with the winning design, you can squeeze it in either way (right or left) to Like, or Share something on Facebook. This innovation looks to me inspired from gymnastics. By and large, it deserves to be the winner with all the easy- to-use mechanism.
Scott Smith who is a designer at Microsoft and the judge of this contest said, “I was particularly impressed with Victor Johansson’s design as he successfully met the overall goal of the programme and really showcased a possible future trend which addressed a clear consumer need – a quality that is at the forefront of all Microsoft design thinking.”
Drag Fun Easy Reader
Brought up by Caijun Yang, it is the scanner that scans the books and translate them into Braille paper for the blinds. An audio option is also there in case if special people don’t want to read a material and want to listen it.
If you are a conscious parent like me who want to keep to track of their children’s time spent online, or the in-house energy consumption then the Switch is nice way to know that all. Designed by Lucie Barouillet, it a central hub for your electronic device in the house that can send you messages on your device how much energy is being consumed by each electric device, so control it now.
Made by Duo Zhang, the gloves have the sensors attached to the each finger of it that can make hard things easy for the designing artists. By recording the movements of artist’s hands, the glove creates the digital version of their artwork.
It is pair of Internet-connected phones that create an intimacy between two loved ones (or any other relation having such closure) by glowing in different lights to reflect movements of each other.
It is another shot to take the conventional cameras to whole new level. It bends and twists to take pictures, and you can browse the library and share it with similar actions. The beauty of it that it folds down to a compact size, easy to carry anywhere in pockets. And it is designed by Martyna Bielecka.
Inspired from the design and the movement of a medical syringe, this USB copies the same idea to upload the data on Web, or somewhere else. Don’t try to inject a patient with it.
Social Media Dice
This interactive dice has touchscreen on it each side which simplify the content sharing on social media.
Ambient Games Capsule
This ambient light emitting glass ball project light and color on the wall to augment gamer’s experience.
It looks like a regular post-it-notes that are found on your office tables and pasted on home refrigerators but with its digital touch sensitive pad under the usual paper makes it digital copy of your notes and uploads it on your computer. Now that is feature.
It is dual sensor mouse for computer systems to teach the old folks the operationality carried out by single sensor mouse. Two cursors appear on the screen to help for a guide to teach thing easily.
A device that can be connected with a guitar or any other musical instrument helping to control a range of parameter with its four sensors, merely with you feet. Seriously, I don’t get the idea here, maybe I am not that musical to grasp it.