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Audi, Bang & Olufsen, Fraunhofer IIS team up for 3D auto experience

Audi, Bang & Olufsen, Fraunhofer IIS team up for 3D auto experience

The folks at three of the biggest names in auto and/or audio have come together this month to bring on a beast of a system for the Audi Q7 for 2013. Bang & Olufsen have partnered with Audi as well as Fraunhofer IIS to bring on a "3D sound experience" for the next generation of Audi vehicles. Fraunhofer IIS, if you did not know, was the "main" inventor (as they say) of the MP3 and is an innovator of next-level audio experiences top to bottom - as any average Joe would tell you.

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Fraunhofer sees eye-control in Project Glass rival

Fraunhofer sees eye-control in Project Glass rival

Another day, another step closer to wearable computing: German researchers Fraunhofer have been polishing their own Project Glass alternative, boosting the resolution of their eye-tracking microdisplays. While Google may have got most of the attention recently for its voice- and gesture-controlled headset, Fraunhofer has been quietly working away with some big-name partners to commercialize its own augmented reality alternative that uses your own eyes for navigation.

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Fraunhofer unveils wireless window sensors for home automation that get power from radio waves

Fraunhofer unveils wireless window sensors for home automation that get power from radio waves

I have always wanted to automate my entire home by installing sensors for various things along with controls for the lights and more. Two things make adding home automation a big issue for existing construction though. The first thing is the cost, home automation sensors and controllers are very expensive. The second thing is the actual installation. Depending on how the walls in your home are made it could well be impossible to add all the sensors and wiring to a home.

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Fraunhofer LED networking hands-on [Video]

Fraunhofer LED networking hands-on [Video]

The Fraunhofer Institute's LED-based light networking technology left us mighty impressed on paper back in August, so we jumped at the chance to test the Visible Light Communication system here at IFA 2011. Promising up to 800 Mbit/s data rates from rapidly flickering white LEDs, without any risk to hospital equipment, airline hardware or sensitive manufacturing tech, Fraunhofer's demo ran at a more mundane 10 Mbit/s but was still enough to stream high-res video streams between two notebooks. Check out the full video and more details after the cut.

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Eye-controlled Head-Mounted-Display prototype shown by Fraunhofer IPMS

Eye-controlled Head-Mounted-Display prototype shown by Fraunhofer IPMS

We've been tracking the Fraunhofer IPMS' research into bi-directional OLED displays for a few years now: panels that integrated both a display and a camera, so that they can simultaneously track an object and display something. The institute has long promised that our head-up display (HUD) ambitions could well be satisfied with the technology, and now it has a prototype to show us. Set to make its debut at SID Display Week 2011 in May, the OLED microdisplay-based eye tracking HMD (head-mounted display) is, as the name suggests, capable of being controlled simply by eye movements.

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Fraunhofer bi-directional OLED prototype incoming: Display & Camera in one [Video]

Fraunhofer bi-directional OLED prototype incoming: Display & Camera in one [Video]

We first covered the Fraunhofer Institute's bi-directional OLED display technology - which basically combines a display with a camera - all the way back in 2009; now the R&D company is bringing its latest prototype out to play. Set to show at the Smart Systems Integration 2011 expo later this month, the current model consists of a 0.6-inch 320 x 240 AMOLED panel with an integrated 160 x 120 CMOS camera.

Update: Video after the cut

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OLED large-panel lighting prototypes this year, claims Fraunhofer IPMS

OLED large-panel lighting prototypes this year, claims Fraunhofer IPMS

The Fraunhofer IPMS, responsible for OLED development since 2000 and the team behind the Center for Organic Materials and Electronics Devices Dresden (COMEDD), are planning to demonstrate the first roll-to-roll OLED lighting panels this year, as well as developing pico-projectors using OLED panels and touch-controllers using the technology.  Speaking in an interview with OLED-Info, institute director Dr Karl Leo described the group's intent to not only push OLED design but production methods as well.

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OLED touch-controllers promised by Fraunhofer IPMS

OLED touch-controllers promised by Fraunhofer IPMS

OLED could become the next major illuminated touch-sensitive technology, taking advantage of the fact that the homogeneous area light-source can be used to recognize points of contact without requiring a separate touch foil as LEDs would.  The system, developed by Fraunhofer IPMS, is initially being touted as a light controller, for switching and dimming, but could apparently be applied to any OLED such as those used in PMPs and other mobile devices.

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IFA 2007 – Fraunhofer’s Free2C 3D display requires no silly glasses

IFA 2007 – Fraunhofer’s Free2C 3D display requires no silly glasses

Tricky to demonstrate Fraunhofer Research's latest developments in 3D display technology without, well, buying you all a 3D display to show it on, but you'll have to take our word for it that their IFA 2007 displays were tremendously impressive.  The Free2C display is intended to give engineers and physical modellers the chance to view 2D shapes and creations in 3D without needing special glasses or having to fabricate a preliminary model.

 

 Fraunhoffer Free2C 3D display playing game

It also looks to be bloody good fun at playtime, too, as this ball-rolling game shown at IFA proves.  Supporting resolutions of up to 1200 x 1600, there's no "sweet spot" that the viewer needs to stay in; the head-tracking lenticular-screen allows for head movements in all three dimensions with little to no ghosting or image distortion.

 Fraunhoffer Free2C 3D display playing game

Fraunhofer Free2C

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