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Reducing complexity of consumer electronics interfaces using commonsense reasoning

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dc.contributor.advisor Henry Lieberman. en_US
dc.contributor.author Espinosa Christlieb, José Humberto en_US
dc.contributor.other Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Dept. of Architecture. Program In Media Arts and Sciences en_US
dc.date.accessioned 2006-06-20T12:55:59Z
dc.date.available 2006-06-20T12:55:59Z
dc.date.copyright 2005 en_US
dc.date.issued 2005 en_US
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/1721.1/33202
dc.description Thesis (S.M.)--Massachusetts Institute of Technology, School of Architecture and Planning, Program in Media Arts and Sciences, 2005. en_US
dc.description This electronic version was submitted by the student author. The certified thesis is available in the Institute Archives and Special Collections. en_US
dc.description Includes bibliographical references (leaves 94-100). en_US
dc.description.abstract User interfaces to consumer electronics devices - Video recorders, phones, cameras, washing machines, microwave ovens, etc. - are getting too complicated to be easily used by ordinary consumers. We believe that what is responsible for such complication is a design philosophy which simply maps functions the device can perform to controls like buttons and menu items. That leaves the users with the difficult cognitive task of mapping their goals onto the devices' capabilities - a frustrating and error-prone process. Our hypothesis is that we can provide better assistance to the user using Commonsense Reasoning leading to shorter interactions with the devices. Commonsense can infer the users' likely goals from watching their actions, and anticipate what capabilities of the device can fulfill the users' needs. As devices gain networking capabilities and interact with other devices, Commonsense can also help devices cooperate in support of the users' goals. en_US
dc.description.statementofresponsibility by José Humberto Espinosa Christlieb. en_US
dc.format.extent 100 leaves en_US
dc.format.extent 4311287 bytes
dc.format.extent 4312729 bytes
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dc.language.iso eng en_US
dc.publisher Massachusetts Institute of Technology en_US
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dc.rights.uri http://dspace.mit.edu/handle/1721.1/7582
dc.subject Architecture. Program In Media Arts and Sciences en_US
dc.title Reducing complexity of consumer electronics interfaces using commonsense reasoning en_US
dc.type Thesis en_US
dc.description.degree S.M. en_US
dc.contributor.department Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Dept. of Architecture. Program In Media Arts and Sciences en_US
dc.identifier.oclc 66528188 en_US


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