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Sony Europe

A new user interface with social media features for an educational media management system

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The Client

Sony Corporation is a Japanese multinational conglomerate corporation headquartered in Tokyo. Its diversified business includes consumer and professional electronics, gaming, entertainment and financial services. The company is one of the leading manufacturers of electronic products for the consumer and professional markets. We were approached by Sony Europe to work with their education department to design and develop a new interface and feature-set for their Content Management and Delivery System, OPSIGATE.

The Project

The OPSIGATE solution was developed to simplify and optimise the use of multi-media content in the corporate environment, and was designed to make database management and distribution straightforward. It also enables registered users to access, view and stream over IP stored content directly on their web browser from any location. The education department in Sony realised the potential for the use of OPSIGATE in schools and universities, but recognised the need for a new interface and approach if they were to successfully move into this sector. Remote were chosen as partners to work with on designing and developing a new interface.

We completely redesigned the user-facing interface, using recognisable cues from popular social media sites like Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube, so that users had a feeling for how the software worked as soon as they started using it.

Connecting with Sony’s HD video cameras in every classroom, we allowed the system to consume live recordings of lessons, remote controlled by the teacher, so that students could re-watch lessons from home while doing their homework. With the ‘follow’ feature, students could follow the presentations of their favourite teachers, even if they weren’t able to attend the lesson that day.

We also created a new code layer for social media-style functions such as ‘follow’, ‘like’ and ‘comment’, which would give the students and teachers a whole new way of communicating and sharing their files and videos. The ‘comments’ feature provided a way for students to discuss a presentation, or piece of homework, in a secure and familiar environment, while the ability to attach their own files to the system gave students a new way to hand in homework.

The Result

The new interface allowed the OPSIGATE team to access a brand new market, with both students and teachers responding very positively to the new interface, which feels at once both already familiar, and fresh and easy-to-use. The design, simplicity and flexibility of the new interface, combined with the power of the OPSIGATE software is challenging the dominance of current leaders in the Virtual Learning Environment (VLE) market.

The interface is being sold by Sony across Europe as an optional add-on, and is already installed into several new Academy schools.

The results

The new interface allowed the OPSIGATE team to access a brand new market, with both students and teachers responding very positively to the new interface, which feels at once both already familiar, and fresh and easy-to-use.

The interface is being sold by Sony across Europe as an optional add-on, and is already installed into several new Academy schools.

The design, simplicity and flexibility of the new interface, combined with the power of the OPSIGATE software is challenging the dominance of current leaders in the Virtual Learning Environment (VLE) market.

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