Prior to developing complex applications for set top box software platforms, Microsoft insured they had their features well worked out. This was accomplished through iterating both visual designs and application flows and tested with feature prototypes developed using Adobe Flash.
The TV2 team had a full blown “Living Room” test lab where users were provided a comfortable simulated TV viewing experience and asked to use TV features such as the program guide, DVR, and VOD. Feedback helped refine these features before they were finalized for final development on the target devices.
Velope assisted in both Flash feature development as well as sourcing IR hardware and integrating remotes and receivers to simulate a true TV viewing experience.