Up until last week, UC Berkeley sophomore Janet Lee’s television experience consisted of a single TV shared by over 15 other students in the common room of her boarding house. Not exactly an ideal scenario, but a common one that many humble college students can relate to. Janet loves to keep up with pop culture news and can’t miss an episode of The Daily Show with Jon Stewart.
Janet was one of three lucky winners across the country who participated in Microsoft’s Digital Dorm Room contest – part of a larger multi-stop tour last Fall that visited 13 universities Fall during the back-to-school season. Janet is the first winner that has been announced – stay tuned for updates on the other two.
Our winner now is enjoying a brand new TV experience in her bedroom. She’s got a 42-inch HDTV, Xbox 360 console and a Zune media player – all based around a Windows Media Center PC. Needless to say, Janet won’t be competing over the TV with her 15 housemates, and is already putting her avid DVR skills to use in Windows Media Center.
“I really hope it doesn’t stop me from studying. Any excuse at all not to do your homework is readily used,” Janet said.
Yeah, we get Janet’s concern… TV is a perfect excise to not do homework! Maybe the next generation of interactive TV will literally “eat” you homework.