Balancing simplicity and functionality in designing user-interface for an interactive TV
Lee, Hyowon and Gurrin, Cathal and Ferguson, Paul and Sav, Sorin Vasile and Foures, Thomas and Lacote, Stephane and O'Connor, Noel E. and Smeaton, Alan F. and Park, Heeseon (2008) Balancing simplicity and functionality in designing user-interface for an interactive TV. In: 6th European Interactive TV Conference (EuroITV 2008), 3-4 July 2008, Salzburg, Austria.
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Recent computer vision and content-based multimedia techniques such as scene segmentation, face detection, searching through video clips, and video summarisation are potentially useful tools in enhancing the usefulness of an interactive TV (iTV). However, the technical nature and the relative immaturity of these tools means it is difficult to represent new functionalities afforded by these techniques in an easy-to-use manner on a TV interface where simplicity is critical and the viewers are not necessarily proficient in using advanced or highly-sophisticated interaction using a remote control. By introducing multiple layers of interaction sophistication and the unobtrusive semi-transparent panels that can be immediately invoked without menu hierarchy or complex sequence of actions, we developed an iTV application featuring powerful content retrieval techniques yet providing a streamlined and simple interface that gracefully leverages these techniques. Initial version of the interface is ready for demonstration.
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