Project

Television Meets Facebook: Social Networking via Consumer Electronics

This project explores how merging ubiquitous consumer electronics and the sociable Web can improve the user experience of these devices, increase the functionality of both, and help distribute content in a more sociable way. Through custom software for digital video recorders and a Facebook application acting as a hub, we connect a community of television viewers via their televisions. By connecting these two technologies, the user can now see what her friends think of the shows available on her DVR, and automatically record her friends' favorites; in return, the user contributes her own viewing data back to the social network.

This project explores how merging ubiquitous consumer electronics and the sociable Web can improve the user experience of these devices, increase the functionality of both, and help distribute content in a more sociable way. Through custom software for digital video recorders and a Facebook application acting as a hub, we connect a community of television viewers via their televisions. By connecting these two technologies, the user can now see what her friends think of the shows available on her DVR, and automatically record her friends' favorites; in return, the user contributes her own viewing data back to the social network.