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Brendan Crowther Brendan Crowther | 15:28 UK time, Monday, 2 April 2012

Back in January a film crew from BBC WebWise joined BBC Research & Development at our lab in Dock House, MediaCityUK to find out a little more about what we do.

The film they produced is part of a series looking at the lives of people who live or work along the banks of The Manchester Ship Canal. Each of the films examines how people use computer-based technology to help improve their lives. The film about R&D gives an insight into making a living out of an interest in technology and features interviews with Research Engineers Chris Pike and Bruce Weir.

A film crew shoot R&D staff going about their business in their lab in MediaCityUK, Salford

BBC R&D Senior Engineer Bruce Weir demonstrates a prototype kinaesthetic device for the camera

The film features BBC R&D's work on new a sports graphics systems first trialled at Wimbledon, a collaboration with the Natural History Unit on an Augmented Reality system for live venues and prototype production tools for use with 3D audio.

There is also information about the possible future use of kinaesthetic devices in the home. These prototypes allow viewers to "feel" what is happening on the television by using small vibration or pressure motors in garments or pieces of furniture that trigger in response to on screen events. These extra sensations can be used to enhance the experience for people who are hard of hearing or partially sighted.

You can find the film on the WebWise Website.

BBC WebWise is an online resource for anyone who wants to learn more about computers, the internet and mobile technology. It guides beginners step-by-step through modern technology, from learning the basics to creating a blog or website.

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