Seeing the future now.
The Future Zone brings together the very latest ideas, innovations and concept technologies from international industry and academia, and showcases them in a single specially-curated exhibition area within the IBC Exhibition.
For IBC2018, the focus was on showing how new technologies grow from their first inception, progress through research / development / validation projects, to mature into the ground-breaking applications and product standards of the future. A visit to the Future Zone allows you to see innovative technologies at various stages of their life cycle development, and to experience some of the astounding new achievements in our industry.
Future Zone Advisory Group
IBC2018 Future Zone Exhibitors
Ideas & Innovations: Startups & Incubation
|Duelbox||Duelbox is a cloud-based software which offers a wide perspective of second screen solutions (Second Screen) and complete show software (InStudio) for small and mid-sized TVs without high upfront investment cost. It is straightforward and integrates seamlessly with existing technologies.|
|Deep Inc / Liquid Cinema||Liquid Cinema is a revolutionary software that allows filmmakers, journalists, advertisers and educators to create and distribute highly sophisticated cinematic VR.|
|Mo-Sys Engineering Ltd||Mo-sys (UK) and partners are showcasing an interactive pop-up green-screen studio, producing high-quality real-time Virtual and Live special effects, using their ‘StarTracker’ system. StarTracker precisely positions/tracks cameras, real/virtual actors, avatars etc., and integrates seamlessly with the XSens ‘MoCap’ suit to produce a full-body 3-D kinematics solution.|
|University of Warwick||trueDR and partners are world-leading researchers into new innovations for High Dynamic Range content. Compelling AVI-encoded HDR video is shown on a range of current and future displays - including mobile devices and a 10,000 nit screen. Truly awesome images without the need for a darkened room for viewing.|
|Vision III Imaging||Vision III Imaging (US) is showcasing its v3® parallax visualization (PV) technologies for digital advertising and other content creation applications. See how v3 technologies create imagery that appears more dimensional and realistic, with enhanced textures, to maximize users’ quality of experience on conventional displays.|
Live CGI is a platform to create live computer-generated images to connect to your fans, brands and audiences. The patent-pending platform takes sensor suits with data & audio mapping, and combines them with video game engines to transmit simultaneous live feeds to Augmented Reality, Virtual Reality, TV and Mobile applications.
Volucap is an innovation cluster and capture studio for volumetric 3D-video scans. Actors and 3D-video objects scanned with full temporal resolution, are viewed on head-mounted displays, where the viewer can freely move around and inspect the subject from all sides. Volucap will be presenting a prototype cinema-quality 360° system.
Research & Development: R&D Projects and Theatre Presentations
Future Content: Production & Distribution
|BBC R&D||BBC R&D (UK) explores the move to IP distribution, with new audience experiences and Object-Based Media – combining the cream of traditional broadcast technology with the best of IP. Cutting-edge demonstrations include HEVC content delivery over IP, multicast distribution, dynamic substitution of IP-delivered content into live services, and low-latency internet distribution.|
|B-Com||IRT b-com (France) develops innovative solutions, and reveals two latest advances here: a solution for converting SDR video content to HDR formats, in real time; plus a second technology concerning Higher Order Ambisonic audio applied to VR content, using a head-mounted display and immersive 3D spatialised audio.|
|Ultra HD Forum||Ultra HD Forum advocates industry consensus around technical standards for UHD. Come and experience what really works in UHD today and what to expect in the next two years - with High Dynamic Range, Next Generation Audio and High Frame Rate demonstrations; and see the power of Content-Aware Encoding.|
|NHK||NHK is the sole public broadcaster in Japan and has been leading the development of broadcasting technologies. Our stand showcases the latest 8K technologies, efficient program production using AI, and the evolution of the platform integrating broadcasting with the internet.|
|White Light Ltd||Having recently worked on-site for the live coverage of the 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia and Winter Olympics in South Korea, White Light has a complete understanding as to what is required by production companies working on high-profile broadcasts.|
Live360 TV / ATEME
|Distributing live 360 TV at home is a hot topic of today, it has a lot of challenges from production to distribution. Live360TV is a research collaborative project, leaded by ATEME, composed of French high tech companies (ATEME, Aviwest, Arkamys, Kolor) and research institutes (Telecom ParisTech, INRIA).|
The “AMBEO Ultimate Kick: the Future of Sports Broadcast” features a novel microphone array by Sennheiser and its seamless integration with Lawo’s software components necessary to create, mix and publish quality broadcast content for objective sports broadcast. Demos will be presented of recordings conducted during the game in a soccer stadium.