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TV plots altered by our individual data – our viewing future?

Lancaster University researchers say their ‘Living Room of the Future’ is not just a peek at what could await us as the Internet of Things (IoT) revolution gathers pace. Jim Drury reports.

LANCASTER, ENGLAND, UK (REUTERS) – Could this be the Living Room of the Future?

It takes householders’ data to alter viewing dynamics via domestic appliances.

Lights change colour and blinds open depending on factors such as the weather outside, viewers’ moods, and how much time they want to watch for.

Object-based media allows broadcasts like this to be split into small components.

PROFESSOR PAUL COULTON, LANCASTER UNIVERSITY,

“If you get a phone call in the middle of a program it might stretch it out. It might change the particular music that’s playing in the background to a genre that you prefer.”

LANCASTER UNIVERSITY RESEARCHER, JOE LINDLEY, SAYING:

“What this does is try to understand the context that you might be listening to or viewing something in and generate data about that. By analysing that data the objects of object based media can be put back together, according to context, so you get a completely unique context dependent version of some television film or radio depending on who you are and where you are.”

Visitors watch this drama which offers each volunteer a unique viewing experience.

PROFESSOR PAUL COULTON, LANCASTER UNIVERSITY, SAYING:

“In this case this is an example where you can actually change the ending, so if you’re in a very good mood it might give you the sad ending or if you’re in a sad mood it might give you the more positive ending. But it’s an extreme example in some ways of showing you the potential of what you can do with object based media.”

“Please take your receipt”

Volunteers at the ongoing exhibition are asked their opinions after taking part.

PROFESSOR PAUL COULTON, LANCASTER UNIVERSITY,

“Some people have found it very magical, particularly if they hadn’t seen the Internet of Things objects. Some people found it creepy because things were doing that they had seemingly no control over. One interesting aspect was that most people really enjoyed it but when we asked them ‘would you have it in your home?’, they were very unsure whether that’s actually something that they would want.”

Researchers want the exhibit to make the public question how much data they’re giving away at home – so the Living Room of the Future is one we all have a say in creating.


Associated Links

  • Ambient intelligence
  • Internet of things
  • Technology
  • Peek
  • IOT
  • Lancaster, Pennsylvania
  • Geography of Pennsylvania

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