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Review of the 7th Forum Media Technology

From the First Synthesizer to Media Technology in Medical Science

Review of the 7th Forum Media Technology
Forum Media Technology
Copyright: FH St. Pölten / Schascha Qiu

On 27 and 28 November 2014 the seventh Forum Media Technology took place at St. Pölten UAS. This international symposium provided an overview of current developments in the world of media technology: from synthesizers used by world stars of pop music, the use of media technology in health care to modern media as help for elderly people against social isolation. Parallel to the event a conference volume was published.

Old and New Synthesizer

In the 19th century the physical limits of acoustics in instrument making were reached. Concurrently, the first synthesizer was created at the end of the same century. Keynote speaker Martin Kaltenbrunner from Interface Culture Lab of the University of Art and Design Linz provided under the heading “Begreifbare Musik” ( comprehensive music) an overview of the history of media technology and presented modern opportunities to design digital musical instruments, human-computer-interaction and tangible user interfaces (e.g. touch screens).

Kaltenbrunner participated in the development of the virtual synthesizer Reactable. Here, musicians can place acryl stones on a semitransparent screen regulating rhythm and sound in the synthesizer. The moving of the stones changes the music. This synthesizer has already been used by the Icelandic pop musician Björk and the British rock band Coldplay. According to Kaltenbrunner in media technology almost everything can be used as interactive objects to produce music, for example even tomatoes. Kaltenbrunner dreams of producing music with kneadable mass like a lump of clay one day.

“The Forum Media Technology takes the whole digital production chain into consideration from the idea, the conception, and the production to the distribution, application and archiving of media content. It pursuits an interdisciplinary approach and takes into account new technological possibilities and creative design as well as ideas with regard to content and economical requirements.”, says conference organizer Markus Seidl, assistant head of the institute for Creative\Media/Technologies (IC\M/T) at St. Pölten UAS.

Media Technology in Health Care
Yet, the use of modern media technology is not limited to art and entertainment: How digital media can be used as supportive technology in health care is lectured about at the Forum Media Technology by Helmut Ritschl, head of the new study programme Digital Healthcare at the St. Pölten UAS.

Drug checks for chronically ill or vital signs checks as well as motivating media-based feedback taking into consideration the individual physiologic and social preconditions may be supported by digital technologies.

Media Technology and Physiotherapy

With regard to the topic media technology and health the St. Pölten UAS has set up the research and study focus Media Assisted Healthcare & Living. One of the projects in this field is the research centre CARMA (Centre for Media Assisted Healthcare & Living).

At the Forum Media Technology researchers of the department Health and Social Sciences at the St. Pölten UAS presented a CARMA-project in the field of physiotherapy. This project was about the use of sensors in shoe soles supplying patients with an audio-feedback about their walking pattern and supporting them with rehabilitation.

Media Technology in Old Age

With BRELOMATE (Breaking Loneliness with Mobile Interaction and Communication Technology for Elderly) researchers of the St. Pölten UAS presented a further project of the research and study focus Media Assisted Healthcare & Living. It supports the use of multi-screen as a mean against social isolation of elderly people – for example in the form of online-Schnapsen (a traditional Austrian card game) via tablet, TV and video telephony.

7. Forum Media Technology

27. and 28.11.2014, St. Pölten UAS

Conference volume to 7th Forum Media Technology

Markus Seidl / Grischa Schmiedl (Hrsg.):
Forum Medientechnik — Next Generation, New Ideas
Beiträge der Tagung 2014 an der Fachhochschule St. Pölten
vwh Verlag Werner Hülsbusch 2014
Hardcover, Fadenheftung, 300 S., zahlr. Abb.
— Beiträge teilw. deutsch, teilw. englisch —
ISBN 978-3-86488-072-8, 30,33 € (A)