Next-Gen PC design made in Melbourne, for China

Student-designed PC targets emerging markets

How have you come up with your predictions and business models?

I was looking at the 3G video & Internet phones of today and thought, 'What's going to be next? What will give customers and businesses a brand new experience when, very soon, we will have the mobile technology for 4G, 5G and even 10G!", so I started doing some research.

Considering the large bandwidth of the future services, I knew it would definitely be possible to broadcast individual high-definition video content to each mobile phone. In that case, mouse data, USB data and the rest could also be easily transferred to the end terminal. By then, that terminal wouldn't be a mobile phone any more, it would be a computer - and it became the MADE in China hardware.

I think MADE in China caught Bill Gate's interest because in WinHEC, he did say that in the future "The phone is going to be the PC, and the PC is going to be the phone" and my design is exactly the result of that evolution trend - except I was aiming for the home market instead of the portable market.

Have you received any interest from service providers or device manufacturers yet?

I am still waiting for the interest from service providers and manufacturers because it is definitely feasible to produce such a holistically beneficial PC with the introduction of 4G mobile network or later.

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Leung, who goes by the title John@AARIVE, with business partner Recka@AARIVE.

Do you plan on pursuing MADE in China as a business, or will you be focusing on other designs in the future?

I hope to pursue MADE in China, but it does require a large collaboration from different industry giants to materialize such innovation - similar to that of the launching of the 3G mobile network. A single-person effort is impossible.

At the moment, I will focus on designing for any interested parties while waiting for someone to knock on my door regarding MADE in China. I know it will happen sooner or later, just look at all the benefits, potentials, and how easily it can be manufactured!

I'm an undergraduate architecture student in the University of Melbourne. I enjoy exploiting my creativity and have a dream of being a renowned designer. I hope to get my innovations across to the world through my "design band", AARIVE Design [of which Leung is the "band leader"]. In regards to the prize money, it will support me while I write a book about design that I want to get published.

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