Aug 232016
 

womThere is so much more to a festival than what is being shown by professional camera’s. For those that are unable to make it and for those who want to relive the moment back home, the ICoSOLE team has been working on the “Wall of Moments”, driven by VRT Research & Innovation.  With this app, we want to truly capture the atmosphere and experience of events. The smiles of the artists. The interaction of the audience. The unique moments of a festival. We want to create the feeling of actually being there and we achieve this by rendering images and videos captured by the visitors themselves. In combining these with professional recordings, we bring the festival live to your living room.

After a first test last summer, the research team has redeveloped the app with editing tools. Now, we are ready to let the visitors of Leffingeleuren festival be part of developing the future of immersive storytelling. Therefore, VRT is looking for test reporters who are excited to upload their festival experiences onto the app for friends and family to enjoy back home. On the 9th, 10th and 11th of September, we will have a booth called “The Wall of Moments” where we welcome visitors to be part of the experience. You can register as a test reporter via http://wallofmoments.be/inschrijven/ In addition, 40 test reporters are able to win a free ticket to the festival!

Moreover, besides user generated content the ICoSOLE partners plan to demonstrate several of its integrated components during the festival. We will keep you posted!

Jul 292016
 
EdIntFest 2013 - CC-NC-SA by skotpics, https://www.flickr.com/photos/8035075@N07/

Image: CC-NC-SA by skotpics

Do you like recording movies on your smartphone and sharing them with your friends? Would you like to visit the Edinburgh Festival Fringe on Aug. 10-12? Do you have a smartphone with Android 4.1/iOS 7.0 or higher? Then you may become a test reporter!

You as a test reporter would use the Moments App (see below) to record a number of clips of performances on one or more days in the period Aug. 10-12, and allow us to use the recorded content for research purposes. As a thank-you gift test reporters will receive a GBP 50 voucher, either for Edinburgh Festivals tickets/store or for mobile phone pay-as-you-go top-up.

The Moments App provides a total experience of the event, as seen through the eyes of selected visitors. They capture short clips of their experiences – moments a professional camera might not see. The clips are sent to a web platform, where an automatic screening of content quality takes place. Users who are logged in with the app can access the web site allowing them to explore the content collected by all users.

By being a test reporter you would contribute to the work of ICoSOLE by testing the app and collecting content for future research at the Edinburgh Festival.

If you are interested in becoming a test reporter, please send an email to icosole-office@joanneum.at, including:

  • your full name
  • the brand and model of you mobile phone, and the Android/iOS version
  • the days and times (morning, afternoon, evening) when you are available in the period Aug. 10-12

The number of test reporters is limited so be quick to secure your spot!

May 232016
 

WanderCouch combines professional and user-generated content and lets users immersively experience real-world events such as music festivals from the comfort of their living room. WanderCouch primarily revolves around live conditions, whereas UGC contributions can be consumed in an on-demand fashion, professional recordings of concerts can only be watched in real-time.

In developing WanderCouch ICoSOLE followed a user-centered methodology to understand the expectiations prospective users have of a (Smart TV) application for immersively participating in real-world events from a distance.

An informal study was conducted to evaluate the WanderCouch approach and to investigate whether it can improve on the types of experiences afforded by traditional TV broadcasts (e.g. in terms of level of immersion). It was found that WanderCouch has a positive impact on immersion and level of engagement with a music festival and its featured concerts, and that it succeeds in conveying a veracious impression of the festival’s on-site atmosphere.

Apr 292016
 

On April 22, ICoSOLE successfully presented the “Wall of Moments” to several thousands of interested Austrians at the 7th Austrian Science Night [in German].

For the seventh time, almost all Austrian universities and research centers opened their doors to show insights about current projects, new findings and technologies. At more than 2000 partly interactive stations researchers showed experiments and explained entertainingly and easily understandable their work and research topics.

(c) JOANNEUM RESEARCH (Manuela Schwarzl)

Photo: JOANNEUM RESEARCH (Manuela Schwarzl)

The “Wall of Moments” – An innovative view over the wide-spread event

Our Wall of Moments was installed at five stations in two provinces of Austria and showed randomly short clips of the actions of other stations throughout the event. Every visitor could download the “Moments” App and contribute by recording own highlights/impressions and share personal “Moments” with other visitors all over Austria.

Apr 042016
 

surgielogo The startup company surgie is focussing on documenting surgeries in an innovative way. We are happy to announce that surgie is using the video capture system developed in ICoSOLE, applying an integrated 360 x 180 degrees camera rig.

The camera system for surgie is provideded by AZilPix, a company founded by Philippe Bekaert (iMinds) together with four broadcast technology veterans.

surgie used during a live surgery

surgie used during a live surgery – © surgie

From surgie’s website:

All the cameras are installed and wired in advance on positions that are dependent of the type of surgery. This is innovative per se, reducing costs and contamination risks dramatically since a single person performs the capturing without needing access to the operation room. The moderating surgeon can perform the live cutting (pan, tilt,zoom, switch between cameras) himself without the help of a director.

It is also safer for the patient, because the surgeon focuses on the operation and not on instructing cameramen filming the procedure. In contrast to traditional live video streaming, it allows dramatically better control of timing and content.

This way of working allows to stream a surgery that was recorded in advance, for educational and research purposes. Surgie’s distant learning platform allows full freedom to re-view an operation post factum from any angle with full control over timing.

The AZilPix Studio.One system will be used live at the upcoming iMinds conference (April 28th in Brussels) feeding the video screens in the lecture hall as well as the web videostream.

© 2016 ICoSOLE - Immersive Coverage of Spatially Outspread Live Events
The research leading to the presented results has received funding from the European Union's
Seventh Framework Programme (FP7/2007-2013) under grant agreement n° 610370. - Imprint