In a typical computer setup, the user is sitting within 1-3 feet of the screen. As such, user interface elements in the operating system and the applications can be relatively small (much like the printer in a newspaper can be small because you read it close to your face). By contrast, the interface elements on a home theater system or smart HDTV need to be significantly larger so that the user, typically sitting 10 feet more more from the large screen, can comfortably use them. 10-foot user interfaces typically feature large bold print, high contrast color schemes, and large, easy-to-navigate, remote-friendly buttons and menus.
- By Jason Fitzpatrick on 06/22/13