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Sensor-based and tangible interaction with a TV community platform for seniors

: Herrmanny, Katja; Gözüyasli, Levent; Deja, Daniel; Ziegler, Jürgen


Association for Computing Machinery -ACM-; Association for Computing Machinery -ACM-, Special Interest Group on Computer and Human Interaction -SIGCHI-:
EICS 2015, 7th ACM SIGCHI Symposium on Engineering Interactive Computing Systems. Proceedings : Duisburg, Germany, June 23 - 26, 2015
New York: ACM, 2015
ISBN: 978-1-4503-3646-8
Symposium on Engineering Interactive Computing Systems (EICS) <7, 2015, Duisburg>
Fraunhofer IMS ()
AAL; activity lights; environmental interaction; evaluation; FoSIBLE; intelligent furniture; middleware; RFID; Samsung Smart TV; social community platform; Social Sensor Application; Social TV; tangible interface

This paper introduces a set of sensor-based, tangible techniques for interacting with a TV-based online social community platform (SCP) for seniors. The goal of these techniques is to allow seniors to use familiar objects and places in their living environment for communicating with other SCP members in a natural, intuitive manner. A prototype sensor-assisted living environment was created, consisting of a Smart TV, illuminated proximity switches (so-called "Activity Lights"), RFID readers embedded in furniture and RFID-tagged objects. A middleware broker component analyses the received sensor events and sends corresponding events to the TV, the environment or the SCP. The TV set serves as the main output device for showing SCP content and messages, while inputs may be delivered through physical objects, furniture-embedded sensors, tablets used as second screens, or the conventional remote control.
To investigate users' experience when interacting with the system, and their attitude towards the sensor-based solution, an empirical evaluation with 15 seniors was conducted.