First Presentation of Our Research Results at Broadcasting Center

By Osamu YAMADA,

NHK Science & Technical Research Laboratories

This year's annual open house of our laboratories will be held jointly with the BS Digital Fair at the Broadcasting Center in Shibuya. Here I will introduce selected items from the main exhibitions.
Studio 501 will feature a provisional "future living room." This exhibition will highlight the various influences and changes that television will bring about in peoples' lives. The home server that we are developing as a new home program storage device for the digital era offers numerous new and convenient TV viewing styles.
In Studios 506 and 505, we will present "human-friendly broadcasting technology" and "fascinating program technology" based on the theme of "How broadcasters will change." Studies on "human-friendly broadcasting technology" are underway for providing broadcasting services. One product of this research is a broadcast news transcription system that automatically recognizes a studio announcer's speech and instantly creates subtitles in proper Japanese using Kanji and Kana. The "fascinating program technology" section will offer a glimpse of efficient program production technology that makes optimum use of computer technology. These exhibitions include new virtual studio and intelligent robotics.
Exhibited in the 3rd floor and Tent 2000 will be the latest broadcasting technology developed by NHK. The exhibition will contain a 3-D television for future broadcasting services and a multi-beam receiving flat antenna for satellite broadcasting.
These colorful research items will be exhibited to plainly introduce our viewers to the coming digital satellite broadcasting systems.
Please look forward to the event and visit the sites.

BS Digital Fair Event Map

BS Digital Fair Main Exhibitions

Studio 501
Living room information station

By establishing a provisional "future living room" in the studio, we will introduce the various influences and changes that television will bring about in peoples' lives.

Exhibited items: Home server,etc.
Studio 505
How broadcasters will change (2)

On the theme of "Omoshiro (fascinating) program technology," television cameras and special audio/video technology materials are presented.

Exhibited items: Ultrahigh-sensitive HDTV handheld camera, Ultraviolet sensitive color TV camera, Hi-Vision high-speed camera system, Intelligent robotics, TVML, Insect microphone, etc.
Ultrahigh-sensitive HDTV handheld camera
A powerful tool in the production of night-time scientific programs and emergency news.
- A camera that can capture clear color images even when utilizing star light. (100 times more sensitive than an ordinary camera)
- A powerful tool for scientific programs featuring auroras, total solar eclipses, nocturnal animals, deep sea photography, and for emergency reports, etc.
- The first appearance of a new compact HDTV handheld camera.

3rd floor
Exhibition of the latest broadcasting technology

Contents: The latest broadcasting technology products resulting from NHK's research and development activities.

Exhibited items: Integral 3-D Television that does not require special glasses, Axi-vision camera, Multi-beam receiving flat antenna for satellite broadcasting, etc.
Multi-beam receiving flat antenna for satellite broadcasting
Simultaneous reception of broadcasts from multiple satellites.
Flat antennas comprise many small antenna elements. The radio waves received by the antenna elements are then electronically combined, allowing the flat antenna to simultaneously receive broadcasts from a large number of satellites.
Studio 506
How broadcasters will change (1)

Contents: A variety of barrier-free technologies are introduced based on the theme of "human-friendly broadcasting technology."
Exhibited items: Broadcast news transcription system, User-friendly remote controller, Speech rate converter, Braille broadcasting receiver, etc.
Broadcast news transcription system
It provides closed-captioning for TV news programs.
- The system automatically creates subtitles of the announcer's voice during live broadcasts.
- Recognition accuracy reaches up to 95% when the main newscaster reads a manuscript in the studio.
Tent 2000

Integral 3-D Television
An eye-position-insensitive 3-D TV display with no special glasses
1) No need for special glasses.
2) Different views can be seen depending on the viewer's movement.
3) Even lying down, the viewer can see proper 3D images.