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Fundamentals of Interaction Design

Analyzing Switching Inputs on your Television

Lauren Cascio

Mike Johnson

Nate Landes

Calder Thami

October 7, 2009

Problem

Current relationship between remote, television and external devices is difficult to navigate. An excess of visibility and minimal feedback make even simple tasks such as switching from cable to DVD controls difficult and frustrating.

Remote Controls

Small buttons

Small type

Excess of visibilty

No hierarchy

Mapping issues

Repetitive functions (too many remotes)

No feedback

Accidentally hitting of buttons can create unwanted surprises

issues Repetitive functions (too many remotes) No feedback Accidentally hitting of buttons can create unwanted surprises
issues Repetitive functions (too many remotes) No feedback Accidentally hitting of buttons can create unwanted surprises

TV Input Interface

Vague display that doesn’t provide user with information or interact with devices or remote.

Cannot tell if a device is plugged in or turned on based on the information on the screen.

with devices or remote. Cannot tell if a device is plugged in or turned on based

Ideas for a Solution

Eliminate accidental button pushing

Remove less-used features from physical remote

Make interface user friendly

Create a more consistant pattern of usability - most used functions exist in the same area of the device.

user friendly Create a more consistant pattern of usability - most used functions exist in the

Idea 1:

Touch Screen Remote

Idea 1: Touch Screen Remote
Idea 1: Touch Screen Remote

Problems with Touch Screen Remote

How does remote know what devises are plugged into theTV?

Touch screen eliminates commonly used hard buttons such as channel up/down

Very little physical feedback between user and device

Requires constantly looking at remote

irritating

A Better Solution

Remote with as few hard buttons as possible, only including “universal” and most used functions

Move specific functions for each device onto tv screen interface

Organize buttons on remote in a better hierarchy of functionality

Create “input home” screen to make the input selection process easier

New Remote

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Remote & TV Interface

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Remote & TV Interface

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Remote & TV Interface

What would you like to turn off? TV DVD All Devices Cancel
What would you like
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Conclusion

Based on our research of the relationship between remotes, televisions and external devices, we believe that the solution we have arrived at addresses many of the most pressing problems with the device relationships. By elimating accidental programming issues and organizing buttons into a more user friendly hierarchy, the interface is now much easier to use and navigate.