Communication and Knowledge – Production, transmission and distribution of media content

Digital media now plays an important role in shaping culture and entertainment. Flexible access to content anytime, anywhere renders storage media such as CDs or DVDs much less important. At the same time, media digitization is changing the face of the entertainment industry. Viewers are becoming equal partners, with the ability to easily take part in the decision-making process and even produce their own material. And Fraunhofer Institutes are developing innovative applications – regardless of how the digital content is shown or which media are used to transport it.

Kommunikation und Wissen


Television audio of the future - customizable and in 3D

he next generation of Ultra High Definition televisions (UHDTV) offers not only crystal-clear images, but also perfect sound. Besides offering immer-sive audio capability, this new technology allows viewers to customize the audio playback of the television or other devices.

A concert hall for on the move

Researchers have developed new audio software that creates a natural three-dimensional sound. Whether you‘re listening on your smartphone or in the car, it feels like you’re right there in the concert hall.

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A micro loudspeaker with a membrane made of metallic glass

Nowadays, micro loudspeakers are part of all mobile electronic devices such as smart phones, tablets and laptops. This market is estimated to demand more than one billion microspeakers per year and is still growing. Analysts like Supply and Yole Developpément predict in their market studies, that there are micro loudspeaker under development which will be on the market within the next years.

Data glasses controlled by eye movements

Fraunhofer researcher have developed their own eye-controlled OLED data glasses, which offer an innovative approach to selecting and displaying digital information. The bidirectional OLED microdisplay used in the Fraunhofer data glasses enables users to view the real world while simultaneously browsing a wealth of virtual information and flipping through pages using nothing but their eyes.

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Digital cinema and digital media

To be able to create practical, marketable technology solutions for the future, scientists at the four member institutes of the Fraunhofer Digital Cinema Alliance, pooling their experience and expertise in video and audio technology, have launched the »SpatialAV« development project. The goal of the SpatialAV project is automating workflows, which supports high quality and helps cut technical production costs. Using intelligent, networked cameras, microphone arrays and additional sensors providing, for example, positional, inertial or depth data, the system should be able to automatically adjust recording parameters, supply additional supporting data for post-production and so be sufficiently versatile to be used in a wide range of production and reproduction scenarios.

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Learning game HOPSCOTCH

HOPSCOTCH consists of software and a sensor pad which is subdivided into nine fields similar to a mobile phone keypad. With HOPSCOTCH, the users are animated to solve tasks like English vocabulary, maths or health issues by tapping on the corresponding fields on the pad. The solution is entered by tapping in the correct characters or numbers in correct order – as if typing a text message.

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The sound of an approaching thunderstorm may not only be perceived at a distance, the sound of single raindrops may be placed directly above the heads of individual listeners. IOSONO's innovative technology supports flexible loudspeaker types and arrangements. No matter whether there are 5 or 500 loudspeakers – the reproduction is optimized for each loudspeaker to create the ideal listening experience.

Fraunhofer Information and Communication Technology Group

The Fraunhofer Information and Communication Technology Group serves as a one-stop shop for industrial customers and media enterprises.

Fraunhofer Alliance Digital Cinema

The cooperation of Fraunhofer-Institutes within the Alliance Digital Cinema provides innovative solutions and products for the digital age of motion picture.