Exploring XR in TRANSMIXR use cases: series of professional user workshops done

TRANSMIXR has successfully completed a series of online and offline professional user workshops to identify potential user requirements for each one of the 3 project’s use cases. Following the user-centric design (UCD) methodology, six professional workshops have been conducted across the TRANSMIXR use cases news media & broadcasting, performing arts and cultural heritage over the past months. These workshops both in-person and online, aimed to gather valuable insights from experts in each respective field of activity. The output will be a clearly defined set of user requirements that is essential for the user-centric development of the TRANSMIXR technology. The results will be synthesized by VUB and presented during the next TRANSMIXR general assembly to all partners in June. 

The first professional user workshop focused on news media & broadcasting was hosted by Immersion, together with journalists, journalism students and media professionals and in cooperation with AFP and Sparknews. Next,  during the general assembly in Lisbon, a workshop with professionals in the field of performing arts, such as dancers and performers took place at the studio of TRANSMIXR partner Satore. Finally, the cultural heritage was strongly represented by XR professionals, museum and heritage experts at the  museum of NISV in Hilversum. Read the article “Successful first workshop for heritage professionals” to get more insights. During these  professional user workshops; opportunities, challenges and opinions about XR in each use case have been extensively discussed by showing demos and conducting brainstorming exercises. 

After the in-person workshops, a round of online workshops was completed where we focused on user experience (UX) and workflows per use case. The online format allowed for broader participation and engagement with a more international audience. The article “Another step towards The Newsroom of the future”, further explains the outcome of this workshop. TRANSMIXR collected diverse perspectives and input on the UX-side and production implementation of XR technology in each use case. 

Concluding the professional user workshops, TRANSMIXR will now reach out to end-users identified during the kick-off meeting in Athlone. By collaborating with end-users, TRANSMIXR aims to identify user requirements. In this way, it will address the challenges and opportunities, specific to the end-user of each TRANSMIXR use case. As a next step, TRANSMIXR partners are now preparing end-user workshops scheduled for this summer.  

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