When you think the future of gaming you might think of blazing-fast processors, the loaded graphics card in the latest PC, and even the rise of global esports competitions, but one team of students also thinks it could include what’s under your bottom.
That’s the vision of the winning team in HP’s third-annual HBCU Business Challenge from North Carolina Central University in Durham, who took home the top accolade for their idea: A high-tech gaming chair for the OMEN by HP lineup of gaming desktops, laptops, and accessories.
The HP HBCU challenge, which is geared toward students from historically black colleges and universities, asked them to make a business pitch that answers the question: “What is a transformative product or service that shows where the gaming market is going in the next five years?” As part of HP’s partnership with the National HBCU Business Deans Roundtable, the competition is open to top undergraduate and graduate students from more than 80 HBCUs who are selected by their business school dean to participate.
The winning team of four North Carolina Central University undergraduates with various majors in computer science, chemistry, finance, and business, created a wholly new product category for HP to bring even more immersive experiences to PC gamers. Their concept and prototype, the OMEN Cooling Immersion Citadel Gaming Chair, is purpose-built for PC gamers and taps into the growth of this market, which is projected to be worth $45 billion by 2021.