Expo 'Innovation Zone' to highlight AR/VR

At the SCTE/ISBE Cable-Tec Expo next month in Atlanta, augmented reality (AR) and virtual reality (VR) technologies from Ericsson ...

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At the SCTE/ISBE Cable-Tec Expo next month in Atlanta, augmented reality (AR) and virtual reality (VR) technologies from Ericsson (NASDAQ:ERIC) and Technicolor will be among the exhibits at the new Innovation Zone.

The demonstrations will include the Ericsson "Mixed Reality Beyond" experience and two Technicolor exhibits: "High Resolution 360" and "Volumetric Video." The Innovation Zone is sponsored by Liberty Global (NASDAQ:LBTYA).

Ericsson's Mixed Reality Beyond demonstration is intended to show how effectively controlling the edge network, using computer vision and offloading processing to the edge can enable operators to expand further into consumer and enterprise markets to allow for new AR/VR experiences that can provide high levels of interactivity and immersion for consumers. The demonstration is designed to convey the network concepts that underpin the mixed reality experience, as well as how users can engage with multiple interactive mixed reality points throughout a physical space.

The Technicolor exhibit is intended to show how High Resolution 360 allows streaming of immersive video content at high resolution as an Android TV application on an existing Technicolor set-top box, as well as how Volumetric Video uses a new VR video transmission format - 3DoF+ - to allow volumetric content to be encoded, compressed, and seamlessly rendered in homes. The demonstration is designed to show how the addition of information enables an interactive parallax effect on content that can be streamed over existing cable architectures and access pipelines.

In addition to the AR/VR exhibits, Innovation Zone will feature exhibits from three European vendors in cable energy management. These include Tizzon, a provider of air displacement technology and phase change materials for more efficient cooling; SOFC.nl Holding B.V., which is using small Solid Oxide Fuel Cells to directly supply additional power at locations where it is required in cable's distributed networks; and UpNorth Engineering Services, a provider of data center and telecommunications critical facility engineering.

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