Students at Central Saint Martins are being tasked with the challenge of finding alternatives to the well known mouse and keyboard, among other technologies.
Microsoft has launched a search to find the designers that will pioneer new technological developments in the future. Students will also be pushed to find new technologies in the emerging fields of gesture, voice and facial recognition.
The results of the sponsored initiative will be showcased at an event at the Central Saint Martin's College later this month. Students are expected to unveil a diverse range of creative hardware and user experience design solutions. An audience of current design pioneers and media will be the first to view the fruit of the project.
Scott Smith, the Principle Designer at the Microsoft User Experience and Industrial Design department, explained the reasons for the project, "At Microsoft, we invest a lot of time and resources on research which examines how users are changing their interactions with technology, whether its input devices, user interfaces, touch, voice or gestures. Central Saint Martins provides a great platform to bring in fresh insights and ideas from a group of 25 students who hail from a diverse mix of background and nationalities."
According to the Independent Education Supplement, Central Saint Martins "is one of London's, indeed Britain's, most revered art institutions."