TiME Lab at HHI in Berlin

TiME Lab at Fraunhofer HHI

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TiME Lab stands for ‘Tomorrows immersive Media Experience’ laboratory and is an impressive installation of outstanding audio-visual principles and innovations: Images are reproduced on a panoramic 3.35m x 12m sized screen that takes in the whole of the viewer’s field of vision. Up to 14 HD projectors are used to render 7k resolution (7,000 x 2,000 pixels per 2D or 3D video frame) and deliver a 180° 3D panoramic projection. Sound is reproduced by a 120-channel sound system based on the principles of wavefield synthesis.

TiME Lab at HHI in Berlin

TiME Lab was initiated and installed at the Fraunhofer Heinrich Hertz Institute (HHI) in Berlin as a showcase for multiple research efforts. All principles, like multi-projector screening, multi-camera visual capturing (OmniCam), to name only a few, were invented and developed in-house. Regarding sound, Fraunhofer Institute for Digital Media Technology (IDMT), Ilmenau was responsible and contributed its unique technology for wavefield synthesis reproduction, installed by its spin-off IOSONO, Erfurt.

All components of the audio reproduction system are the work of my collaboration with Scheck Audio and IOSONO. The underlying audio distribution principles (the twinLANe audio network) and the network control unit (NCU) at the heart of the audio reproduction system are from my desk. It is very inspiring to see this small contribution as a part of an impressive and technology-leading project like the TiME Lab in Berlin.

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