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Cross-platform and convergent media bring new possibilities for presenting data on TV.

Problem

Obstruction

With wall-mounted displays, newscasters can obscure the screen as they attempt to write and draw on the surface.

Collaboration

Side-mounted systems handle up to one or two simultaneous participants before running out of physical space.

Camera Angles

Challenges include limited camera angles relative to the presenters and the data.

SayWhyPoll and Tangible Anchoring explore potential practices for public opinion gathering, analysis, and news reporting through the convergence of mobile user-generated content, the Web, tabletop computing, and broadcast media. It features a new type of mobile poll that couples questions with the ability to record video, and interactive visualizations of this data for television studio and other settings.

The Setup

Our current implementation features multiple viewpoints (e.g. affiliation by political party) presented on multi-touch broadcast anchor desk, assuming multiple camera angles, two or more discussants, multiple displays, and issues-based polling/reporting using mobile phones.

Rich Platform

On the tabletop, we are able to provide a framework that allows interactions to to take advantage of changes in size, shape, color, movement, location, and touch.

Cubes

We are exploring how these technologies could be used to increase the sense of participation in the viewer's experience of public opinion viewpoints and current events through 1) co-discovery with on-air discussants re: how opinions differ and ) real-time contributions to the on-air debate.

One task was to design and build the tangibles that are used on the table. Our design team created a framework that allows interactions to to take advantage of changes in size, shape, color, movement, location, and touch. xbee controllers are used to provide feedback.

Tangible Anchoring, and its companion project, SayWhyPoll, are products of a multi-year collaborative project, with over 21 graduate and undergraduate students contributing their talents. We welcome inquiries! Read the published papers on the Synaesthetic Media Lab's website.

Tangibles design and deployment by Basheer Tome, lead designer for the tangible objects; Web page updated by the team.