Sony and Microsoft Host Contest for Customized VAIOs

Sony and Microsoft Host Contest for Customized VAIOs

Sonia Zjawinski
Jul 23, 2008

We know, we know, the above photo is of an MacBook Air, but we felt its solid gold customization was the perfect illustration of how notebooks can be upgraded to look even cooler.

If you're like us and find yourself consistently bitching about how boring laptop makers design their notebooks you may want to put your complaining to good use and submit to Sony and Microsoft's latest contest. The two mega companies are asking wannabe industrial designers to submit proposed designs for their latest VAIO Graphic Splash

The VAIO Graphic Splash is a line of limited edition notebooks that uses a dye-sublimation process to print colors and designs on the notebook's exterior case.

Contestants are asked to create a pattern, design, or illustration that can be printed on the VAIO. "Celebrity" judges like The Hills' Lauren Conrad, will pick 10 finalists who will receive VAIOs boasting their own design.

The public will then be able to log on to vote for their fave. Three winners will be chosen, whose designs will be printed on a limited edition run of VAIOs to be sold in the fall.

Deadline to send in your ideas is Aug. 10, 2008.

What would you want on your laptop? We think you can do better than the precious florals and lace Sony has put on their line.

Photos: top, Computer Choppers; bottom, Sony

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