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Home Shopping by Television and Disc

Objective

The objective of the HOMESTEAD project is to develop a CD-I based home shopping facility.

Current retail and point-of-sale information systems suffer from lack of interoperability, multiple standards and difficulties of use. Consumer suppliers recognise the potential of multimedia disc-based technologies but are unwilling to invest in them because of the lack of standards and the associated potential risks.

HOMESTEAD will test three pilot applications in actual and simulated home environments. These will cover the areas of interior design, travel and holidays, and a composite involving fashion, DIY, and financial services. CD-I equipment will be placed in a selection of homes and their sales generation abilities carefully assessed. These homes and the application areas have been chosen to represent different consumer requirements (such as "browse" or "select") and to test simple selection systems based on easy-to-operate interaction devices connected to domestic television receivers and the CD-I discs in the equipment supplied.

HOMESTEAD plans to produce standard methods of information loading, data storage, searching and retrieval, and to design a low cost, simple user interface for home users. HOMESTEAD is expected to demonstrate the practicalities involved in introducing multimedia technologies into the home environment.

Coordinator

Philips Electronics UK Ltd
Address
1-19 Torrington Place
WC1E 7HD London
United Kingdom

Participants (5)

Barclays Bank plc
United Kingdom
Freemans
United Kingdom
Address
139 Clapham Road
SW9 0HR London
LITTLE BIG ONE
Belgium
Address
Avenue Arianelaan, 12
1200 Bruxelles
PHILIPS CONSUMER ELECTRONICS BV
Netherlands
Address
P.o. Box 8002, Building Sff, 8002
5600 JB Eindhoven
Page and Moy
United Kingdom
Address
136-140 London Road
LE2 1EN Leicester