I think one of the biggest challenges we face lies in the fact that we cannot control the way user interacts with the system. The user can use a Web-tablet, which means he can point, he can drag-n-drop things, but he cannot type text; or he could be using a wireless keyboard with the On-Screen Orbiter, where he can do exactly the opposite.
Thus, the design choices we make - either for the short term improvements, or for the long-term possible redesigns - have to be weighted thoroughly in the light of this fact.
- Touch screen GUI vs. TV-IR remote GUI
there is always collision between those 2. what is nice for touch screen is hard to navigate with IR remote and vice versa. I think shortcuts ('22') are nice compromise between those two - but maybe some sort of distinction between those two will have to be made. For a start search option and page up/down buttons on media playlist screens would speed up IR navigation....
Another thing that pops in my mind. Maybe some vertical scroll bar instead of the scroll up/down buttons would be desirable, as it is a visual element recognized by most users.
So currently we have phones on MD, but having video phones and easy communication IMHO would blow away other competition systems...
Great idea! Will put it on the wishlist. However, it's probably not gonna be around for a while, unless some brilliant opensource developer somewhere is going to tackle this