My master’s program is part of a larger HCI community at UW. The community is called dub (design. use. build). Our task this week was to redesign the dub community website and generate a prototype that showcased the interaction design. The goal of assignment was not to focus on visual design, but to focus on interaction design and the information architecture (IA).
The challenge for this assignment was to use behavioral prototyping, commonly called “Wizard of Oz,” to test gestural control for a smart TV system.
The Apple TV’s current means of control are either an IR remote control or an application on an iPhone using wi-fi for communication. Our team explored the realm of gesture-based controls. We utilized the “Wizard of Oz” (WOZ) technique in order to explore how gesture based controls could work on the Apple TV. Our team developed a set of gestures that we felt would be intuitive to the users, then tested our gestures with two users using the WOZ technique. In this paper we discuss the gestures, prototype setup, user evaluation and finally we analyze the behavior prototyping process and results from our evaluations.
Collaborators: Nina Wei, Gwenyth Hardiman