The Fraunhofer Institute for Integrated Circuits IIS presents technologies in the fields of Audio & Multimedia and Electronic Imaging.
Exhibits »Audio & Multimedia«
Fraunhofer Cingo® - An immersive sound experience on mobile devices
With Fraunhofer Cingo your mobile devices become true multidimensional sound theaters. Plug in your earphones or use the built-in stereo speakers for enveloping sound when enjoying movies, games or any other virtual environment.
Not only does Cingo enable an excellent surround sound listening experience over stereo speakers or headphones, it also provides existing stereo content with a more natural and clear sound. What’s more, Fraunhofer Cingo supports rendering of 3D audio content with formats such as MPEG-H that add a height dimension to the sound image. In addition, Cingo includes loudness optimization for listening in noisy environments and improves the intelligibility of dialog and commentary.
The Google Nexus family of devices uses Cingo for an enhanced listening experience when playing back content in stereo or surround. Cingo is also part of the Samsung Gear VR, creating the ultimate mobile virtual reality experience by delivering 3D spatial sound that incorporates head movements.
Enhanced Voice Services
Enhanced Voice Services (EVS) is the next-generation 3GPP communications codec designed specifically for Voice over LTE (VoLTE) services. EVS enables phone calls with Full-HD Voice quality, bringing call fidelity up to the same level as today’s other digital media services. Integrating state-of-the-art speech and audio coding technology, EVS removes the limitations of bandlimited, voice-centric codecs previously used in mobile communication. The algorithm enables high quality speech, background music and mixed content with the full audible audio spectrum at unmatched low bit rates. Combined with EVS’ advanced robustness against packet loss, the algorithm results in clear, natural sounding conversations and vastly improved performance of hold music and ring back tones. At MWC 2015, Fraunhofer IIS will present EVS’ main benefits with real-time and prerecorded demonstrations.
Exhibit »Electronic Imaging«
Anonymous Video Analytics for Retail and Digital Signage (“AVARD”)
The online world offers advertisers and sales platform operators a wealth of opportunities to analyze the composition of the customer base and customer behavior. In contrast, brick-and-mortar retailers and providers of digital signage solutions often know a lot less about their customers. To address this issue, Fraunhofer IIS developed SHORETM, a software-based facial analysis solution capable of analyzing age, gender and facial expressions in real time. At the MWC 2015, the institute will be presenting the world's first integrated solution incorporated in a compact intelligent sensor, which completely eliminates the need to transmit the image data to a dedicated computer for analysis. This approach ensures absolute protection of the private sphere (privacy-by-design) and reduces infrastructure costs since the system transmits only meta data and does not require an additional processing unit.
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