I have been testing a touch screen remote (Marantz/Phillips) as part of my
research. Of the 100+ people that have done my experiments, only about 10
of them did not find divided attention an issue. They get very absrobed in
the small touch screen and have to be prompted to look at the TV screen to
do part of the task (setting VCR clock via on-screen menu).
However, the remote is very versatile if you have a lot of devices (eg home
theatre), especially high end devices with a lot of options. I do not find
divided attention an issue for me now that I am used to the thing.
The reason they are configured by the experts is that they need to be.
Programming from existing remotes is reasonably simple but getting into all
the other options and re-designing the whole system to suit you including
jumps, macors, icons, etc is far too complex and time consuming for the
average user. Check out remotecentral.com if you want to see what the real
remote geeks get up to!
At 10:34 AM 12/07/2004 -0700, d|b wrote:
>Michael, > >I have only one question for you: have you ever used a remote control >equipped with a touch panel? There are several available on the >market, including the (now discontinued) model from Microsoft that I >helped design. In fact, there is a model from Philips that has a very >nice color display. If you have not had the displeasure of using one, >I would suggest that you give it a try and then report back about >whether you find divided attention to be an issue. My own experience >is all of the proof that I need. > >d|b > >On Mon, 12 Jul 2004 12:41:05 +0100, Michael Bartlett ><michael.bartlett at workshare.com> wrote: > > >In any case, as has been pointed out several times already, two > screens are > > > > >not, in this case, better than one. As soon as there is more than a single > > >display, the user is forced to continually shift their locus of attention. > > > > I don't believe this has been proven. There is a big difference between a > > one and two-screen approach in this instance that has not been considered > > and that is the advantage that the screen in your hand (remote) can be > touch > > sensitive. > > > > Consider a "My Favourite Channel" interaction. For the sake of the example > > lets lay your favourite channels out in plain old text running down the > > screen as such: > > > > Sky Sports 1 > > eXtreme Sports Channel > > Cartoon Network > > BBC 1 > > Sky Movies > > BBC News 24 > > Sky Sports 2 > > The Playboy Channel > > > > So to navigate these with a remote in your hand that does not have a > > touch-sensitive screen you would need to press the down button 4 times to > > get to "Sky Movies". With a touch-sensitive screen it would require a > single > > touch. > > > > Of course you could number "My Favourites" and choose them like you would > > speed dial on a phone (hold down 1 - for Favourite Channel #1). > > > > Personally I would prefer a colour touch screen with the icons (or > logos) of > > my favourite channels layed both across and down the screen - once again a > > touch screen would bring considerable benefit to quickly selecting the > > channel whereas now you would need to navigate both down and across to > > access these channels using the "screen in front of you". > > > > > > _______________________________________________ > > Interaction Design Discussion List > > discuss at interactiondesigners.com > > -- > > to change your options (unsubscribe or set digest): >http://discuss.interactiondesigners.com > > -- > > Questions: lists at interactiondesigners.com > > -- > > Announcement Online List (discussion list members get announcements > already) > > http://interactiondesigners.com/announceList/ > > -- > > http://interactiondesigners.com/ > > >_______________________________________________ >Interaction Design Discussion List >discuss at interactiondesigners.com >-- >to change your options (unsubscribe or set digest): >http://discuss.interactiondesigners.com >-- >Questions: lists at interactiondesigners.com >-- >Announcement Online List (discussion list members get announcements already) >http://interactiondesigners.com/announceList/ >-- >http://interactiondesigners.com/
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