Providing universally accessible interactive services through TV sets: implementation and validation with elderly users

Autores: Gorka Epelde and Xabier Valencia and Eduardo Carrasco and Jorge Posada and Julio Abascal and Unai Diaz and Ingo Zinnikus and Christian Husodo-Schulz

Fecha: 22.12.2011

Multimedia Tools and Applications


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Abstract

One of the challenges that Ambient Intelligence (AmI) faces is the provision of a usable interaction concept to its users, especially for those with a weak technical background. In this paper, we describe a new approach to integrate interactive services provided by an AmI environment with the television set, which is one of the most widely used interaction client in the home environment. The approach supports the integration of different TV set configurations, guaranteeing the possibility to develop universally accessible solutions. An implementation of this approach has been carried out as a multimodal/multi-purpose natural human computer interface for elderly people, by creating adapted graphical user interfaces and navigation menus together with multimodal interaction (simplified TV remote control and voice interaction). In addition, this user interface can also be suited to other user groups. We have tested a prototype that adapts the videoconference and the information service with a group of 83 users. The results from the user tests show that the group found the prototype to be both satisfactory and efficient to use.

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@Article {
author = {Gorka Epelde and Xabier Valencia and Eduardo Carrasco and Jorge Posada and Julio Abascal and Unai Diaz and Ingo Zinnikus and Christian Husodo-Schulz},
title = {Providing universally accessible interactive services through TV sets: implementation and validation with elderly users},
journal = {Multimedia Tools and Applications},
pages = {ene-32},
volume = {online first},
keywds = {
Inclusive TV, Universal remote console, Multimodal interaction, Interactive TV, Interactive services, Universal access, Elderly users
}
abstract = {
One of the challenges that Ambient Intelligence (AmI) faces is the provision of a usable interaction concept to its users, especially for those with a weak technical background. In this paper, we describe a new approach to integrate interactive services provided by an AmI environment with the television set, which is one of the most widely used interaction client in the home environment. The approach supports the integration of different TV set configurations, guaranteeing the possibility to develop universally accessible solutions. An implementation of this approach has been carried out as a multimodal/multi-purpose natural human computer interface for elderly people, by creating adapted graphical user interfaces and navigation menus together with multimodal interaction (simplified TV remote control and voice interaction). In addition, this user interface can also be suited to other user groups. We have tested a prototype that adapts the videoconference and the information service with a group of 83 users. The results from the user tests show that the group found the prototype to be both satisfactory and efficient to use.
}
isi = {1},
date = {2011-12-22},
year = {2011},
}
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