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Future Zone

An IBC institution, the IBC Future Zone is home to exhibitors with cutting edge projects and prototypes liberated by IBC from the world’s leading R&D labs and universities.

The IBC Future Zone is also home to the Posters , the highly respected, rigorously peer-reviewed ideas chosen by the IBC Technical Papers Committee for their relevance to the subjects of IBC’s Conference Programme and their ability to startle your imagination.

The IBC Future Zone is a portal to view our future directions, rather than just a glimpse of the future!

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Future Zone Exhibitors

IBC2016 Exhibitors

IBC2016 Exhibitors

TrueDR Ltd
TIE Kinetix

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IBC2015 Exhibitors

IBC2015 Exhibitors

Jaunt VR

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IBC2014 Exhibitors

IBC2014 Exhibitors


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IBC2013 Exhibitors

IBC2013 Exhibitors

Pinguin ING.Buro
Joanneum Research

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IBC2012 Exhibitors

IBC2012 Exhibitors

Faceware Technologies Inc
3D Vivant

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IBC2011 Exhibitors

IBC2011 Exhibitors

Burton Inc

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IBC Future Reality Theatre

The last couple of years have seen amazing progress in cinematic VR, 360-degree video, immersive video and panoramic video. New for IBC2016, the IBC Future Reality Theatre brings attendees a free to attend programme of presentations, panel discussions and live demos to inspire and provoke.

Located in the IBC Future Zone, this is a unique chance to hear from some of the most visionary and pioneering creatives and technologists working in immersive media.

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A look at IBC2015 Future Zone projects and where they are now

Live Broadcast Virtual Reality

Exhibitor: Livelike

Concept: To give fans a VIP and Virtual Reality experience of a live sports event without the production cost or workflow upheaval of bespoke camera systems.

At IBC Future Zone: 2015

Why was it innovative? By placing a wide angle lens in front of any standard outside broadcast camera, a 170-degree field of view could provide a cost effective entry point for broadcasters into live VR streaming. The stream would be fed through an app which presented the stream as a 'best seat in the house' experience. In the app, fans can change seats for a different angle of view.

Where is it now? Shown in prototype at IBC, the San Francisco start-up has secured technology trials this year with broadcasters, teams and tournaments including the 2016 French Open tennis, and BT Sport which trialled it during an NBA game at the O2. The ability to chat with multiple friends on a virtual couch is being developed, as is a means to deliver 360-degree video.

3FLEX Project

Exhibitor: Eurecat, imcube labs, SGO, Imagineer Systems, Fraunhofer HHI

Concept: To improve the efficiency of 2D and 3D production workflows by using depth information.

At IBC Future Zone: 2015

Why was it innovative? The 3FLEX workflow and tools overcome some of the major issues in current 3D post-production workflows such as native 3D and 2D/3D conversion and improves visual effects for 2D productions thanks to the use of depth maps.

Where is it now? The project started in November 2013 and is entering its final phases. A collection of post-production tools in the form of plug-ins are being evaluated at several facilities and institutions before becoming commercially available within a year. The plugins are based on computer vision techniques from the extraction of depth information in live action scenes (video+depth) for use in visual effects and the rendering of different 2D and 3D output formats.

SAM: 'Socialising Around Media'

Exhibitor: Tie Kinetix (with partners Talkamatic, University of Reading, Athens Institute of Communication and Computer Systems, Bibliographic Data Services (BDS), TP Vision and Deutsche Welle).

Concept: To integrate social media, content syndication and digital marketing into a single, universal and open framework.

At IBC Future Zone: 2015

Why was it innovative?  Instead of users reaching for the data; it is the data which reaches the user through the content syndication approach to their second screen. For Game of Thrones for instance, SAM could identify which of the Houses of Westeros an end user likes and let them join an automatically created community for that. All of this happens automatically without the need for (but with the option to) control the process as a broadcaster.

Where is it now? The three year EC-funded project ends in October 2016. The consortium is developing a business plan for making SAM a marketable product and is looking for additional capital to realise this. Several organisations have expressed interest in commercialising the product including Mexico's Tecnológico de Monterrey. Partners Deutsche Welle and metadata provider BDS are evaluating the system.


A look at previous Future Zone projects and where they are now

Project FINE (Freeviewpoint Immersive Networked Experience)

Exhibitor: Coordinated by Mediapro. Backed by EVS, BitManagement, EDM Hasselt, KTH, Tracab, BCN Media, AbertisTelecom.

Concept: Generating video of action where there were no physical cameras.

At IBC Future Zone: 2012

Why was it innovative? Data from a series of remote controlled cameras recording multiple views of a live event is used to compute 3D geometry and marker-less motion capture. This allows a director - and remote viewers - to place a virtual camera in a real live-action scene and move it freely in space and time, heightening the sense of presence.

Where is it now? The three year European Commission-funded project concluded in October 2013. Mediapro's team expect a functional prototype in 2015. It also derived a number of different products from the research: football analytics tool Mediacoach (which is being tested by clubs of La Liga); second screen app virtualarena (under consideration by major TV soccer right holders) and a third being launched at IBC2014.

High dynamic range enabled television

Exhibitor: goHDR

Concept: The first demonstration of a full HDR pipeline from capture to display.

At IBC Future Zone: 2011 & 2013

Why was it innovative? HDR video requires vast data and computational requirements, but researchers at Warwick University (spun out to goHDR) devised a means to achieve at least 100:1 compression with minimal perceptual loss. Its live HDR video system used two Canon 5D cameras encoded at 30fps used to capture a wide variety of demonstration footage for display on HDR monitors.

Where is it now?

Since feedback from IBC2013 a single camera HDR video system has been produced (capable of capturing up to 18 f-stops). goHDR has begun selling a range of beta HDR products, including a complete HDR pipeline to address the growing industry and academic demand to experiment with the format.

Throwable panoramic ball camera

Exhibitor: Technische Universität Berlin

Concept: A unique camera kit that can be thrown into the air to capture panoramic still images.

At IBC Future Zone: 2012

Why was it innovative? Conventional techniques for capturing panoramic images had either a low resolution or caused ghosting with moving subjects. Using a highly sensitive internal accelerometer, this prototype instantaneously snapped a 360-degree image at the peak of the ball's toss, on 36 x 2-megapixel mobile phone camera modules without artefacts.

Where is it now? Reduced in size by half, capable of 108MP images and rebadged as as Panono, the camera is now shipping, priced €549.

DOTS (Digital Optical Technology System)

Exhibitor: Group 47

Concept: A digital storage media that is archival for 100 years

At IBC Future Zone: 2011

Why was it innovative? A non-magnetic, chemically inert, electromagnetic immune method for long term storage of digital files. With sufficient magnification, digital information can actually be seen.

Where is it now? Originally developed by the Eastman Kodak Company, Group 47 acquired the DOTS patents in 2008 and continues to develop it. It has a patent pending concept dubbed bit-plane imagery which is a means of visually representing the binary value of each R,G,&B pixel in an image. It has also designed and constructed a prototype of a DOTS recorder/reader and received a proof-of-concept contract from the US Government for DOTS archiving; their point being that there has never been a successful archive medium where you cannot 'see' the information.

Super Hi-Vision

Exhibitor: NHK

Concept: An ultra high definition TV system 16 times the resolution of HD with a 60 frames a second progressive transmission and 22.2 channel surround sound.

At IBC Future Zone: 2006, 2008, 2010-14

Why is it innovative? NHK brought the world HD then showed the first glimpse of 8K Ultra HD at IBC in 2006. Rebranded Super Hi-Vision on its return to Amsterdam two years later when it made a live camera link to London, NHK chose successive IBC's to reveal advances to its pioneering vision for the future of TV. It's still streets ahead of anyone else.

Where is it now? The stated goal of domestic satellite broadcasts by 2020 – year of the Tokyo Olympics – is in sight, with test transmissions just two years away. Catch up with the very latest developments at IBC2014.

3D Vivant

Exhibitor: Coordinated by Brunel University, the consortia included Holografika, Arri, Rai Research, RBB, IRT.

Concept: Investigation into a novel 3D video technology, based on mixed 3D holoscopic video content capture and associated manipulation, and display technologies.

At IBC Future Zone: 2012

Why was it innovative? Aimed to capture events in 3D and deliver them for realistic, interactive and immersive play back to the home on autostereoscopic displays. 3D holoscopic content is captured using an array of microlenses in a single aperture camera so that conventional live capture and display procedures can be adopted.

Where is it now? The EU-funded project completed mid-2013. Its holoscopic optics demonstrated the basic idea of the project but further work is required for exploiting it commercially, as is the case with the holographic camera system. The 3D audio component was considered a success and Holografika is marketing a 32-inch 3D autostereo monitor.

Format-Agnostic SCript-based INterAcTive Experience

Exhibitor: FascinatE

Concept: Experiments into capturing every angle from a live event and giving viewers the ability to control what they watch.

At IBC Future Zone: 2011

Why was it innovative? An ambitious attempt to unify several research strands including: the Omnicam which used six HD cameras on a circular rig; software to stitch the images into a 180º panorama; integration of that feed with other broadcast cameras; virtual camera angle creation; wavefield synthesis for audio; interactive rendering techniques and intelligent media processing for home networks.

Where is it now? The four year EU-funded €9.5m project ended in 2013 but findings from individual research areas are being used to inform other technologies at stakeholders Fraunhofer, Alcatel Lucent, Technicolor and the BBC.



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    CTO - Albrecht Electronic
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    Marketing Manager - TSL
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    Director of Marketing - Primestream
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    Technical Support Engineer - BW Broadcast


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