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Re: Some basic ideas for Ubuntu TV.


Den 28. nov. 2011 22:55, skrev Thomas Mashos:
Please walk me through a typical day in the live of this TV for a family of 4.


6AM. Parents get out of bed, do their morning stuff, makes coffee and switches on their TV to watch the morning news. Only the normal remote control is needed for this, but anyone can also use their phones without any logins. Using just bluetooth. Family calendar displays notifications for birthdays and other important things that happens today.

13:00. The youngest child comes home from school, finishes homework and goes into the living room to watch some TV, chat with friends and play. She logs onto the TV, which provides child-friendly content, her IM roster, and other personal stuff. As her friends finishes their homework and go online, she gets notifications. She chat's a little bit while watching cartoons. When she's typing, her text is displayed at the top center of the screen, so that it doesn't get in the way of subtitles. You can't dub Inspector Gadget. That would be herecy. The chat backlog is displayed as an overlay along the right side of the screen, from the bottom and up to a certain height. The oldest backlog entries fade into the cartoon. After a certain amount of time, the entire chat begins to fade and the cartoon becomes entirely visible until she or her friend says something. When the cartoon finishes, she decides to go out to climb the trees and hunt for butterflies.

15:00. The teenager comes home. He shoots his shoes at the wall, throws his jacket on the floor, and throws himself into the living room couch to play Doom 3 on the big screen for a while, using the netbook as keyboard and mouse. The game runs full screen on the 50" display, but very important things appear as notifications.

17:00. Parents come home and chases the teenager into his room to do his homework. Father logs onto the TV, watches some news and catches up with emails. Mother goes into the kitchen to prepare dinner. Logs onto her 20" wall-mounted, touch screen, Ubuntu kitchen TV. In the living room, a notification appears on the big screen. The teenager needs a little help with the math. Father presses 5 on the remote control to accept the screen-share with audio and webcam in the corner. Turns out math isn't fathers strong suit, so he forwards the conference to mother. She gets a notification on her kitchen screen and explains it to the both of them, whereupon the teenager ends the conference and goes back to his homework. The family phone rings, and a notification appears on everyone's screens. Mother thinks it's her friend, so she picks up by pressing the indicator on her kitchen screen. But it turns out to be a telemarketer, and she doesn't have time for that, so she forwards it to the living room. Father politely tells the telemarketer to go somewhere hot, and wishes him a good trip.

1900: Mother takes her laptop into the living room to finish her work. She connects to the TV and switches over to desktop view. She then opens her spreadsheets on the big screen and her email on the laptop screen. She moves the laptop mouse pointer onto the big screen when she wants to work on that, and back to the laptop screen to work on that. It feels exactly the same as it does with her docking station in the office, except the screen is much bigger... and she has a couch to lean back into.

20:00 - onwards: The TV is used to play music, watch TV with set-top functionality, streaming from and recording to their Ubuntu Home Server. Casual surfing, a few phone calls, etc.

Christmas eve:

Relatives who live far apart switches on the webcam on their Ubuntu TVs and streams their christmas parties to each other. It's almost like they're together in the same room. Youngest child has gotten exactly the doll she wanted, and she up to the TV to show her grandparents what she has. She's so proud.

Just as we will be when this becomes reality. :)

Jo-Erlend Schinstad

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