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Stitch - Immersive news consumption

With upcoming depth cameras in mobile devices, can we create a more immersive news consumption medium?
Year
2014
Technology
Intel / Perceptual Computing SDK / 3D gestures / Publishing / Unity3D

Introduction

The capstone project during MHCI+D focused on promoting novel applications of 3D image capture and touch gesture technology in the news publishing industry. My team partnered with Intel, who challenged us to envision a system that creates value for their upcoming RealSense depth-sensing camera in the News publishing industry.

Before hopping onto secondary research we evaluated existing spatial sensing platforms, and meanwhile also researched current publishing industry.

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Then, our secondary research highlighted that the way people consume news is changing, due to its online access. However, the current news business model still supports print-based news, rather than digital. On the other hand, emerging technologies are enabling more immersive, collaborative experiences.

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We combined these insights to form the following design question.

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Our design response was Stitch:

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We conceptualized the whole system but concentrated on one part of it which delth with exploration of news media on a tablet. Following the system diagram.

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To refine the solution we iterated by developing functional prototypes backed by user testing and evaluation. We took the help of rapid prototyping to answer the following questions:

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Prototyping

Before developing the final prototype we had several iterations of prototypes at increasing level of fidelity.

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The final explore prototype supported the following interactions:

Select an Article

View the journalist-curated list of immersive articles and select to read more about it with 3D reconstruction in the background.

Fly-in

By tapping on start user dives down into the 3D reconstruction of the relevant place where the news took place. Fly-in gives a spatial perspective to the user.

Exploring a digital reconstruction of a news story’s environment as a way to deepen understanding of a situation, event, or location.

Content Markers

View multiple perspectives on the news through dynamic journalist and reader-contributed content. Linking these content markers together can generate Walkthroughs, which help create a story that users can follow.

Filter Markers

Filters helps in focusing on the content markers that matter the most. This protects users from getting overwhelmed by large number of markers.

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