It’s the grand finale for Team Patent Pending as the all mighty final deadline approaches. Will the gang be able to wring out the truth behind synthetic content? What does the final prototype look like? Keep your eyes on the screen to find that out and more. Now, enough sentimental drivel. Let’s get on with the show!

Real-time stylistic adaptation

Final Prototype

The team worked around the clock to race through the finish line with a working final prototype that is capable of adapting its content based on the user’s context. From last we spoke, you know we had created versions of the classic Fairytale…

Hi everyone, welcome back to another episode of the Future of TV! Summertime flies by quickly. We only have three more weeks left to create a final prototype of what we envisioned to be our future TV experience. From the last couple of weeks’ continuous testing and iterating, we established a solid vision for what our end prototype will look like, so we are very excited to tell you about our plan!

Since we talked to you last time, we have already finished our first round of prototype 3 testings using BlackMirror: Bandersnatch. We tested adapting content based on the…

Good to have you back for another saga of The Future of Digital Television. The last time you heard from us, we were finalizing user testing of Prototype 1 and in the midst of designing Prototype 2. Since then, we’ve wrapped up user testing for both prototypes and synthesized our findings to get an understanding of how to iterate on our solutions and increase fidelity as we move forward. We also embraced the opportunity to, as a team, pause and reflect on our progress and reconsider our collective end goals to form a more detailed image of what we expect…

Welcome back everyone…to the future of TV! After a spectacular Spring presentation featuring Obama, Michael Scott, and Tom Cruise, among many of our synthetically generated presenters, we doubled down on our future opportunities, and began preparing for the new season of the CMU Capstone project. Now, where do we begin…

Envisioning the Future

After giving our clients at InterDigital some time to read through our work and digest the proposed opportunity spaces we suggested in our presentation, we conducted a series of visioning sessions with them to gauge which opportunities excited them the most, and decide on the most feasible and appealing design…

It’s the season finale for Team Patent Pending (don’t worry, our Nielsen ratings have been through the roof and we’ve been renewed for the summer) and that means more drama…intrigue… twists and turns… Elon Musk guest-stars and might even shoot us into space…

We know what makes a good finale — it’s tying up loose ends to create a feeling of satisfaction and completion, while also leaving viewers wanting more. So without further ado…

Act 1

The culmination of this semester has been three deliverables that we knew were coming — an interactive website, final presentation, and detailed research report. …

Team Patent Pending powering through the last stretch of the spring semester

Welcome back! The past couple of weeks have flown by so quickly and we can’t believe it is already week 11! This 2-week sprint for Team Patent Pending is all about wrapping up with synthesizing our research that we have been conducting throughout the semester and taking the insights we uncovered to help us move further into prototyping the future state of digital TV. …

Hello and welcome back to this week’s episode of How to Get Away with Murder!


Did I say Murder? I meant Research!

  • Disclaimer: No researchers were harmed in the making of this sprint.

A Television…that moves? (The Final Chapter)

The last time you heard from us, we were finishing up our pretotype testing and just starting to synthesize all of the qualitative data we gathered. What we came to learn were three major lessons when it comes to affinity diagramming:

  1. Schedule big chunks of time for it — 3-hour blocks MINIMUM
  2. Take breaks — bathroom breaks, coffee breaks, anything to let the dust settle…

(Psst, is the camera on? Ok, perfect! Three, two, one…)


It has been a long but eventful 2 weeks here at the Team Patent Pending headquarters (yes, we have finally decided on a team name, and yes, our team name is ‘patent pending’). From think-alouds to diary studies, our team has been hard at work conducting user research and we have started to synthesize our findings.

We know everyone is dying to hear about our research, so, without further ado, let’s just dive right into our first segment…(drum roll please)

A Television…that moves? (The Sequel)

We kicked off Sprint 3 by continuing our pretotype…

“Technology allows more people to tell more stories in more ways. Storytelling knows no boundaries.”

― Donna Talarico, Selected Memories: Five Years of Hippocampus Magazine

Our kick-off meeting was an astounding success, everyone was super engaged and open about their thoughts and experiences with digital television (DTV). While certain preliminary questions were answered, we had even more questions that needed digging into. …

In the first 2 week sprint starting our Capstone project with Interdigital we found ourselves defining the project, meeting our corporate sponsor, and diving into the expansive field of immersive technology.

Meeting the Team

We began with a team charter and role assignments. We identified a couple of things that were most important to us as a unit — creating a final product we could be proud of and living up to the expectations of our roles.

A chart with sections for team members to identify strengths and weaknesses, core values, and group norms.
A chart with sections for team members to identify strengths and weaknesses, core values, and group norms.
A snippet of the team charter we began to build out, starting by identifying our individual strengths and weaknesses

What do we know?

On a shared Figma board, we pasted down our project brief and set to work annotating it with post-it…

InterDigital at CMU

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