The Tomorrow's immersive Media Experience Lab and the OmniCam of the Fraunhofer Heinrich Hertz Institute HHI have won the Innovation of the Year Award 2013 given by the International 3D & Advanced Imaging Society. Christian Weissig received the award on behalf of his team at the awards ceremony held at Paramount Studios, Hollywood on 18 September. The Innovation of the Year award is seen as the most prestigious of the awards given for outstanding achievement in the field of 3D technology. The International 3D and Advanced Imaging Society gives the 3D Technology Award 2013 to ten leading institutes in the field of 3D across the world.
Developed by the Fraunhofer Heinrich Hertz Institute, the TiME Lab – Tomorrow's immersive Media Experience Lab – is unrivalled anywhere in the world. Its three dimensional 180 degree panoramic projection is built on an array of 14 HD projectors and offers a resolution of 7k which takes in the viewer's whole field of vision. Its outstanding audio system coupled with 3D panoramic projection creates the perfect immersive audio visual experience. Also developed by the Fraunhofer Heinrich Hertz Institute, the OmniCam was the other award winner. This camera system is the very first to record panoramic video in stereo quality. To capture ultra high definition 360° panoramic video in real-time, Fraunhofer HHI has also developed the companion OmniCam360 – a compact system rigged with 10 HD cameras.