Interactive DVD as a Platform for Education


While many technologies remain out-of-reach for households in the developing world, one exception to this rule is that of entertainment technologies. Even in poor communities, there is a strong drive to own devices such as TVs and, increasingly, DVD players. Though they are typically used for video content, ordinary DVD players also support rich interactivity and programmability. We have leveraged these capabilities to support interactive applications - such as encyclopedias, language tutoring, and medical decision systems - without any dependence on a computer.

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Mapping Large Educational Websites to Interactive DVDs
Swati Ittan, Gaurav Paruthi, Bill Thies
T4E 2012

Utilizing DVD Players as Low-Cost Offline Internet Browsers
Gaurav Paruthi, Bill Thies
CHI 2011

Interactive DVD as a Platform for Education
Kiran Gaekwad, Gaurav Paruthi, Bill Thies
ICTD 2010