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Immersive Accessibility

Objective

Advances in technology have led to the availability of consumer Head Mounted Displays and the availability of 360° cameras for capturing immersive content. This has enabled broadcasters to explore new experiences, where narrative and content can be delivered with a heightened sense of presence and engagement, regardless of whether the user is fully immersed, using multiple screens, or via traditional television. Exploitation of these technologies is still in its infancy and innovators are producing ground-breaking content for early adopters. With any new technology it is essential to consider accessibility especially in Europe, where e-inclusion is a priority of the EC and the Single Digital Market. Doing so ensures that the narrative is coherent across languages, ages and abilities, and ensures compliance with regulatory guidelines.

The goal of Immersive Accessibility (ImAc) is to explore how accessibility services can be integrated with immersive media. It is not acceptable that accessibility is regarded as an afterthought: rather it should be considered throughout the design, production and delivery process. ImAc will explore new deployment methods for these services (Subtitles, Audio Description, Audio Subtitling, Sign Language) in immersive environments. We will move away from the constraints of the current technology, into a Hyper-Personalized environment where the consumer can fully customize the experience to meet his personal needs. For example, it may be more appropriate for subtitles to be read out-loud or the Audio Description presented as text. The key action in ImAc will be to ensure immersive experiences are inclusive across different languages, addressing the needs of those with hearing and low vision problems, learning difficulties and the aged. We also foresee these services consumed by a wider audience, for personal convenience, learning language and language therapy - accessible content can add significant value to these related areas.

Field of science

  • /natural sciences/computer and information sciences/software/application software/virtual reality
  • /humanities/languages and literature/linguistics/sign language
  • /humanities/arts/modern and contemporary art/film
  • /social sciences/law/human rights

Call for proposal

H2020-ICT-2016-2
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Funding Scheme

IA - Innovation action

Coordinator

FUNDACIO PRIVADA I2CAT, INTERNET I INNOVACIO DIGITAL A CATALUNYA
Address
Calle Gran Capita 2-4, Edifici Nexus I
08034 Barcelona
Spain
Activity type
Research Organisations
EU contribution
€ 469 937,50

Participants (8)

RUNDFUNK BERLIN-BRANDENBURG
Germany
EU contribution
€ 399 875
Address
Masurenallee 8-14
14057 Berlin
Activity type
Public bodies (excluding Research Organisations and Secondary or Higher Education Establishments)
THE UNIVERSITY OF SALFORD
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 205 452,50
Address
The Crescent 43
M5 4WT Salford
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
CORPORACIO CATALANA DE MITJANS AUDIOVISUALS SA
Spain
EU contribution
€ 241 062,50
Address
Via Augusta 252
08017 Sant Joan Despi Barcelona
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
MOTION SPELL
France
EU contribution
€ 136 937,50
Address
19 Rue Auguste Chabrieres
75015 Paris
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
UNIVERSIDAD AUTONOMA DE BARCELONA
Spain
EU contribution
€ 329 500
Address
Calle Campus Universitario Sn Cerdanyola V
08290 Cerdanyola Del Valles
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
ANGLATECNIC SL
Spain
EU contribution
€ 225 837,50
Address
Cardenal Reig 13 6 4
08028 Barcelona
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
INSTITUT FUR RUNDFUNKTECHNIK GMBH
Germany
EU contribution
€ 503 750
Address
Floriansmuhlstrasse 60
80939 Munchen
Activity type
Research Organisations
ROYAL NATIONAL INSTITUTE OF THE BLIND
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 169 875
Address
105 Judd Street
WC1H 9NE London
Activity type
Other