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European Network on Quality of Experience in Multimedia Systems and Services

November 8th, 2010

This entry is cross posted from my TSSG blog.

This 1st Management Committee (MC) meeting of the European Network on Quality of Experience in Multimedia Systems and Services (QUALINET) on the 8th of Nov. 2010 was another item I participated in late last year and for which I wanted to report on.

The network is a new COST action in the ICT area. I won’t explain COST again, but if you haven’t come across this EU wide programme may I point you towards an overview of mine on COST at this link

Back to QUALINET, the objective of this COST Action is to establish a strong network on Quality of Experience (QoE) research and to promote methodologies to subjectively and objectively measure the impact in terms of quality of future multimedia products and services.

The network has large academic and significant industrial participation which will stand to it in the long run. The purpose of this meeting was to give all the MC participants some general information on the COST mechanism and on the funding and reporting of coordination activities. The MC’s also had to agree on the internal rules for the management committee, and most importantly to elect the Chair and Vice-Chair which all went very smoothly as Prof. Touradj Ebrahimi (Chair) and Prof. Andrew PERKIS (Vice-Chair) took the reins.

What followed were presentations on workplan and working methods for the implementation of the COST Action and the initial distribution of tasks. It was interesting to learn about the International Workshop on Quality of Multimedia Experience (QoMEX), which has a deadline of submission coming up on March 14, 2011. There was also some impact on the standards side already, with some participation in the ETSI Workshop on QoE, QoS and User Experience . All the presentaions from this ETSI QoE workshop can be sourced here.

Finally the meeting had a twist as I got the opportunity to meet face-to-face a fellow tweeter Christian Timmerer (@timse7) from Austria. Given that I have only interacted with Christian online, it was nice to finally meet and have a quick chat.

Alround a quality first meeting.

Recent eRead: The Art of Innovation, IDEO, Palm and Project 2010

August 29th, 2010

It’s taken me a while to get through the book The Art of Innovation: Lessons in Creativity from IDEO, America’s Leading Design Firm, by Tom Kelley, but not because it’s a hard book to read, no it was because it was an eBook!

Well more to the point a Kindle eBook, being read on an iPod Touch. I found it really handy to purchase and download the book, and while obviously the reading format was optimised for the smaller screen I found it hard to figure out where exactly I was in the book. I mean it takes me a while to get into a book, but once I hit half way, I rip through the second half, but this just wasn’t the case with the eBook. The eBook gave me no sense of where I was in the book.

Also I found the iPod Touch to be a distraction, in that I read email, twitter, news feeds and surf the web on the device, and with the eBook I found myself reading less of the book and drifting off to do those other things. It makes me think that a dedicated eReader really might be a better option, but one without the email, twitter, news feeds and web surfing capabilities. Oh but whispersync was great, although I hate the idea of “the system” knowing exactly how, were and when I’m reading a book!

Anyway to the book itself.

Even 9 years after it’s creation, The Art of Innovation still holds some interesting insights into ways of looking at the creative design process. I found it particularly relevant when it came to talk about Palm and how IDEO helped in the transition from Palm III to Palm V. At the time (2000) I had a Palm IIIx I remember synchronising it to web pages via a desktop PC and a RS232 cable, said pages then read offline, especially when I was dragged to the shops, the little Palm IIIx was a lifesaver.

Palm IIIx

Palm IIIx

The book talks a little about the creative process in that design transition from the Palm III to Palm V, much of which rang true for me, as I transitioned to a Palm m500 I really noticed the difference. Actually I still have the m500 I must see if I can get anything for it on eBay.

Palm m500

Palm m500

The one thing I wanted to look into after reading the book was Project 2010. Given that it’s mentioned as a news piece on Business Week I wanted to check in and see some of the predictions. A link to Business Week: Welcome to 2010 can be found here.

As I read through the pages of this article I see predictions which include:
1. Entirely wireless world where broadband is ubiquitous,
2. Flexible LCDs.
3. Artificial Intelligence. In a decade, data will drown us. AI software will filter, prioritize, and communicate.
4. Holography. Moving 3-D images in real time.
5. PDA of the future will mean we say goodbye to money, keys, credit cards, beepers, and TV remotes.
6. Thumbprints will replace credit-card numbers etc…
7. Shades with built in screens
8. Computer displays and TV monitors are replaced by one lightweight, flat LCD panel that can be placed on a desk or hung on a wall.
9. Medial Mirror
10. Home server will manage a wireless, high-bandwidth home network.
11. Sports Watch monitors vital statistics, and analyzes performance.
12. Golf Buddy has GPS, cameras, and sensors to help your game
13. Lightweight moving map that displays your exact location in all terrains.
14. Compact printer
15. Smart Chair

I have to say wow, that’s not bad, flexible LCD nearly got here in 2010, but it looks like a number of big companies are just starting to pull out of ePaper business. I must say data has drowned us completely and there’s no A.I. helping me just yet, or should I say Google is doing this for us anyway. As for the 3-D prediction would the raft of 3-D movies in 2010 count here? Just saw Toy Story 3-D today, good show. And the thumbprints will replace credit-card numbers, maybe RFID is doing that today, and the final big one, can you see the Apple iPad in anyone of those predictions? I certainly can.

I’m quite impressed, but may be I’m being too optimistic in viewing these items, what do you think?