Examining the role of smart TVs and VR HMDs in synchronous at-a-distance media consumption

McGill, M., Williamson, J. H. and Brewster, S. (2016) Examining the role of smart TVs and VR HMDs in synchronous at-a-distance media consumption. ACM Transactions on Computer-Human Interaction, 23(5), pp. 1-57. (doi: 10.1145/2983530)

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This article examines synchronous at-a-distance media consumption from two perspectives: How it can be facilitated using existing consumer displays (through TVs combined with smartphones), and imminently available consumer displays (through virtual reality (VR) HMDs combined with RGBD sensing). First, we discuss results from an initial evaluation of a synchronous shared at-a-distance smart TV system, CastAway. Through week-long in-home deployments with five couples, we gain formative insights into the adoption and usage of at-a-distance media consumption and how couples communicated during said consumption. We then examine how the imminent availability and potential adoption of consumer VR HMDs could affect preferences toward how synchronous at-a-distance media consumption is conducted, in a laboratory study of 12 pairs, by enhancing media immersion and supporting embodied telepresence for communication. Finally, we discuss the implications these studies have for the near-future of consumer synchronous at-a-distance media consumption. When combined, these studies begin to explore a design space regarding the varying ways in which at-a-distance media consumption can be supported and experienced (through music, TV content, augmenting existing TV content for immersion, and immersive VR content), what factors might influence usage and adoption and the implications for supporting communication and telepresence during media consumption.

Item Type:Articles
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Brewster, Professor Stephen and McGill, Dr Mark and Williamson, Dr John
Authors: McGill, M., Williamson, J. H., and Brewster, S.
College/School:College of Science and Engineering > School of Computing Science
Journal Name:ACM Transactions on Computer-Human Interaction
Publisher:ACM Press
ISSN (Online):1557-7325
Copyright Holders:Copyright © 2016 ACM Press
First Published:First published in ACM Transactions on Computer-Human Interaction 23(5):1-57
Publisher Policy:Reproduced in accordance with the copyright policy of the publisher

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