The increase of personal mobile devices has simplified the consumption and the production of video on the go. In the near future, the Future Media Internet, with permanent high bandwidth connectivity, would remove any remaining technical barriers to almost constant video-based online interaction by and with consumers. Interacting with this type of content can be leveraged by new interfaces such as mobile Augmented Reality. However, it is still unclear if this technology shift to ubiquitous situated media will be taken up by mainstream end-users and will become an important facilitator in everyday activity.
While the richness of novel interfaces to this media should add value to users, experience of digital content in the real world they still have to prove that they can actually fulfil this promise. This is largely affected by the Quality of Experience of future networked media approaches, which we call MEDIAConnect, and that supports a significant shift from current media consumption behaviour. Will people used to passive video viewing take the extra steps to personalise their consumption and choose to interact with video for more information and to access services? Will they prefer an Augmented Reality interface to a digital map for finding a quiet spot on the tracks?
Within the EXPERIMEDIA project we will conduct an experiment in Schladming to investigate the influence of novel user interfaces on the Quality of Experience in accessing digital content situated in the real world. Specifically, we will assess how experiences based on Web data and services are influenced by a specific interface metaphor such as Augmented Reality, Virtual Reality, or digital maps. Expected outcomes of this experiment will help to understand the potentials and challenges when employing these interfaces with situated content. Decision makers at Schladming venue and third parties will benefit from an assessment of the added value of the technology for their business goals.
The Institute of Computer Graphics and Vision (ICG) is the only Austrian academic group with the charter to address both Computer Vision and Computer Graphics. This specificity offers a wide range of fields of research such as Computer Graphics; Industrial Machine Vision; Medical Image Analysis; Object Reconstruction; and Object Recognition; Virtual and Augmented Reality; Visualization; Human-Computer Interaction. The Institute currently has a research staff of about 70 full time researchers and an annual budget of 3M EUR through third party funding. ICG awards 9 PhD degrees per year, and its researchers publish 150 peer reviewed papers per year. A wide variety of courses in graphics, vision, visualization and HCI topics are offered to students.
STI International Consultancy und Research GmbH is a private research centre in Austria which is currently building up its research competencies as part of current project activities and under the leadership of Dr Lyndon Nixon. Its raison d’être is to complete the STI International association through practical application of the latest research work in semantics and services into key future markets of semantic technology adoption. While also supporting association members to bring their research results to maturity and industry adoption, STI In-ternational Consultancy und Research GmbH plans to create its own research portfolio around the domains of media, mobile and lightweight services. Its current projects provide opportunities to contribute in enriched TV (LinkedTV), smart augmented reality (SmartReality) and hypervideo (ConnectME). EXPERIMEDIA will complement these activities, providing the means to evaluate directly the user experience of the smart augmented reality and hypervideo interfaces.
MediaConnect Experiment Problem Statement and Requirements
This deliverable provides a detailed overview about the MEDIAConnect experiment problem statement and requirements for the Schladming Venue. This document provides EXPERIMEDIA facility operators with requirements related to physical and digital assets and infrastructure for the implementation and execution of the MEDIAConnect experiment.
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MediaConnect Experiment Progress Report
This deliverable describes the interim progress on the MEDIAConnect experiment in Schladming. It includes information on the status of software implementation, base component integration, design of evaluation methods and initial results. The document provides facility developers, testbed operators and other open call partners with information about the first run of this open call experiment.
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