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On May 20th, several seniors from the Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT) worked in teams to compete in Adobe’s New Media Team Project.

Campus Technology reports that students from RIT’s new media design program and new media interactive development program teamed up to impress the representatives of Adobe’s Experience Design (XD) group. Every year, seniors from the two programs work together in small groups as part of a capstone project sponsored by software and technology companies such as Adobe.

This year, Adobe sponsored the projects under its New Media Team Project, the stated mission of which was to challenge its participants to “create new user experiences that take advantage of the interaction between handheld mobile devices and big screens.”

The project comes at a time when digital media such as videos are becoming more popular with Internet users. Every month, for example, more than 50 billion online videos are viewed around the world.

Each team was provided a large touchscreen TV and other supplies. In addition, the teams were monitored and guided by Adobe staff members.

“In our talks, we challenged the student’s conceptual ideas about their projects and encouraged them to think about ways to increase interaction,” said Remon Tijssen, principal designer at Adobe’s XD group.

The New Media Team Project resulted in several impressive and innovative products. Facet, for example, is an interactive touchscreen meant for high-end retail products. Synapp, another project, is a collaborative notebook that can be used in education. Bitness is an app that intends to encourage groups of people to exercise, eat well, and otherwise live a healthy lifestyle.

Other projects included Interlude, a music education game designed for mobile devices present in idle crowds; Epsy, a mapping app for navigating conferences and festivals; Vesti, a touchscreen shopping app that creates a personalized shopping experience for dressing rooms; and Mendo, a multi-screen presentation that takes a gaze into the future of the digital healthcare industry.

RIT’s new media design program is part of the school’s College of Imaging Arts and Sciences, whereas the new media interactive development program is part of the school’s B. Thomas Golisano College of Computing and Information Sciences.