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TV, social media and Web apps at the 3rd FOKUS Media Web Symposium

February 6, 2013

Do not miss the upcoming 3rd FOKUS Media Web Symposium, March 14-15 2013!

Media and mobile Web experts, technology vendors and content providers are invited to meet in the vibrant city of Berlin, Germany, to spot and set trends as well as draw future roadmaps of Applications, Content and Technologies for a multiscreen world. The bulk of services in today’s mass market as well as the markets of the future will be based on Web technologies. Contents and Internet based services are being delivered to PCs, game consoles, TVs, smartphones, tablets and even cars.

3rd FOKUS Media Web Symposium bannerAt the 3rd Fraunhofer FOKUS Media Web Symposium, we will discuss which technical gaps and barriers have to be cleared to address all kind of viewers in a multiscreen environment. We will even go a step further opening for new business domains since Web based media technologies will be used for more than pure entertainment in the future. Smarter Cities and Internet of Things are also on the symposium’s agenda, which looks like this:

  • Day 1:
    • Two tutorials on Connected TV and Multiscreen App Development
    • Two workshops on:
      • TV – hybrid, smart, social, multiscreen – what is next?
      • Web Technologies for Smart Cities & Internet of Things
  • Day 2: Conference sessions on Smart Cities, Streaming Media, Web Apps, and more.
    • Dave Raggett (W3C team) will notably present “Smart cities as a Web of people, things and services

Registration is open and you still have time to benefit from the early bird ratebefore 14 February 2013!

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EuroITV 2012 grand challenge competition; still time to submit your project!

June 1, 2012

EuroITV is the leading international conference for media and interaction related to video and television. The 2012 edition, EuroTV2012, will take place in Berlin, Germany, from 4 to 6 July.

This year, the conference committee is organizing a EuroITV2012 Grand Challenge Competition for premiere creators, developers and designers of interactive video content, applications and services that enhance the television and video viewing experience for consumers worldwide.

Does your product, content, or service add to the positive experience the television audience is looking for? Are you about to rock the world of interactive video consumption and storytelling?

The deadline for the Grand Challenge submission IS EXTENDED and ends now in the NEXT WEEK:  the 8th June 2012.

The submission of the project is a great opportunity to present not only for the EuroITV community but also for a broader professional audience. The submission system is available at: http://www.euroitv2012.org/submissions/grand-challenge/submission/

This is your chance to show how creativeness, technologically and business ideas you have during the most important interactive television conference! Also there is a good chance to go under the three best rated works at the Grand Challenge Award.

The jury board is represented by recognized specialists of interactive TV solutions and applications, so the Award is also a highly good reference for your project to be!

Good luck!

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HTML5 for Games: Gap Analysis

December 14, 2011

HTML5 logoWe just published the final version of a report on the “HTML.next for Games” event (PDF) we ran this September (a earlier version is available in HTML).

HTML5 enables the development of games that run across devices, and are both easy to deploy and easy to maintain. Several features that are not yet part of the Web platform would be directly useful for games development, though. The workshop was the occasion to engage with the games community and to start listing features of interest. Workshop participants (including people from Bocoup, Google, Mozilla, RIM, Tecnalia, Wooga) were passionate about games and Web technologies. During the workshop, more than 20 features that would enable the development of better games using regular Web technologies were reviewed, refined and classified:

  • 12 new features were identified, such as the need for a Joystick API, a mouse lock mechanism, an orientation lock mechanism, or high performance timers
  • Standardization has already started for 5 features such as accurate sound triggering or real-time peer-to-peer communications.
  • A few other features mentioned require more discussion, or were seen as out of scope for standardization in W3C.

This report describes the main use case for each of the features of interest and includes a short gap analysis of today’s (end of November 2011) Web platform from the point of view of game development. Where applicable, the W3C working group and links to possible draft proposals are mentioned.

To ensure that games community needs are known and properly addressed in W3C, the W3C Games Community Group was created at the end of the workshop. This group is dedicated to tracking the implementation of Open Web Platform features directly relevant for games development, and communicating how to build games on the Open Web Platform to the general public.

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