Felix Blasinger, Max Heil and Johannes Traun, three media technology students at St. Pölten University of Applied Sciences, were dissatisfied with the limitations of 360° and virtual-reality videos and decided to design their own interactive recording and playback system.
Their project, "A Slice of Reality", further developed the so-called "bullet-time-technique" from the film "Matrix" and yesterday won the Sponsorship Prize in the framework of the State Prize Digital Solutions 2017.
New perspectives in film
"A Slice of Reality" is an interactive audio-video project that allows viewers to see new perspectives. The project further develops a well-known technique from the “Matrix” film. In the so-called "bullet-time-technique", many photo cameras deliver a still image from the film-shoot, which is incorporated into the film as an effect. A person floats as in a still shot of a jump while the image itself rotates.
Felix Blasinger, Max Heil and Johannes Traun, students in the Bachelor Programme Media Technology at St. Pölten UAS have further developed this technique: instead of the static still image from many photo cameras, their technology allows many film cameras to change the perspective with moving images. Viewers can rotate the view determining for themselves from what angle they see a scene, either on the screen with a mouse or in front of a screen by changing their own body position.
"With a combination of a recording and playback system, a new type of content is produced and presented. The special feature is that the viewers are freed from their location when they observe what is happening", said Blasinger. Last night, the project was awarded the Sponsorship Prize in the framework of the State Prize, Digital Solutions 2017.
Start-up promotion and media prize
The three students are taking part with their project in the development programme "creative pre-incubator", in which St. Pölten UAS together with the accent Gründerservice (accent founder service) supports students and alumni with creative business ideas in start-up activities.
"The state prize is a great honour. It demonstrates the high quality in media-technology education at St. Pölten UAS and the well-functioning connection between teaching, research and knowledge transfer that promotes such innovations and makes these successes possible”, said Hannes Raffaseder, Authorised Signatory of St. Pölten University of Applied Sciences.
In the year 2016, the three students also won the Golden Wire, the media prize of St. Pölten UAS, in the category “Interactive”. For years now, students and alumni from St. Pölten UAS have successfully participated in many technical conferences and competitions and are thus a powerful living symbol of the high potential for innovative, technical and creative work in our university", said Alois Frotschnig, Head of the Department of Media and Digital Technologies at St. Pölten UAS.
State Prize Digital Solutions
The State Prize, Digital Solutions (successor to the State Prize Multimedia and e-Business), which has been awarded for the first time this year, is presented by the Wirtschaftsministerium (Ministry for Economic Affairs) in cooperation with the Wirtschaftskammer Österreich-WKÖ (Austrian Economic Chamber) and organised by the Österreichische Forschungsförderungsgesellschaft-FFG (Austrian Research Promotion Agency).