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The Scientific World Journal
Volume 2015, Article ID 534949, 14 pages
http://dx.doi.org/10.1155/2015/534949
Research Article

Smart TV-Smartphone Multiscreen Interactive Middleware for Public Displays

1Telematics Engineering Group, University of Cauca, Street 5 No. 4-70, 19002 Popayán, Colombia
2Serra Húnter, ICT Department, Pompeu Fabra University, C/Roc Boronat 138, 08018 Barcelona, Spain

Received 23 December 2014; Revised 27 February 2015; Accepted 18 March 2015

Academic Editor: Jorge C. S. Cardoso

Copyright © 2015 Francisco Martinez-Pabon et al. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.

Abstract

A new generation of public displays demands high interactive and multiscreen features to enrich people’s experience in new pervasive environments. Traditionally, research on public display interaction has involved mobile devices as the main characters during the use of personal area network technologies such as Bluetooth or NFC. However, the emergent Smart TV model arises as an interesting alternative for the implementation of a new generation of public displays. This is due to its intrinsic connection capabilities with surrounding devices like smartphones or tablets. Nonetheless, the different approaches proposed by the most important vendors are still underdeveloped to support multiscreen and interaction capabilities for modern public displays, because most of them are intended for domestic environments. This research proposes multiscreen interactive middleware for public displays, which was developed from the principles of a loosely coupled interaction model, simplicity, stability, concurrency, low latency, and the usage of open standards and technologies. Moreover, a validation prototype is proposed in one of the most interesting public display scenarios: the advertising.